Clay Shirky provides good examples of collaboration within individuals through digital media platforms such as the radio remote control and presenting this on the Internet in order to gain collaborations as to how to make the object lighter. Shirky announced the radio remote control was not made solely by one person rather it was a creation of many collaborations. He also goes on to state “abundance breaks more things than scarcity,” this indicates the initial creation of something might need to consider alternate creations. He uses the example, that Wikipedia was once Newspedia however, it was the interactions people could have with one another on Wikipedia which made it more appealing than the original idea of Newspedia. Therefore, we need to ensure collaboration is applied in current society as everyone wishes to interact with each other rather than being alone.
Simon Kuznet proposed that the “inequality gap inevitably grows smaller” as economies improve and become more sophisticated.
Despite these collaborations we must consider Thomas Piketty’s famous book Capital in the 21st Century as he states there is absolutely no reason why capitalism could ever resolve the issues of inequality. He believes inequality is getting worse as time moves on. This is a fair observation as you only have to look to the person on your right or left and realise they will have a differing economic stance than you, they will either be richer or poorer however, we cannot know solely on observations.
Digital media such as technology unites us globally and creates a level playing field for everyone to contribute. However, we have to consider the digital divide as some countries do not have direct access to information on technologies therefore they lack this contribution.
Although, what both Shirky and Piketty fail to address is the power of music. The power to deliver messages to a vast majority of the population as the higher and lower class will inevitably hear songs whether it is in shops or walking down the street. Some music has the ability to send across social and political messages which in turn unites us globally. Language can be very powerful however when combined with music it is even more instilled and delivered to our brains. Music by The Who, Aretha Franklin and many other artists created change and equality among a global spectrum. It begs the question does music break down the barriers created in society? As people rejoice together to listen to music no matter their cultural backgrounds.