Friday, 20 September 2013

The Power in our Laps

Man on a laptop

"With the internet allowing ever more designers to collaborate on new products, the barriers to entry are falling. Ford needed heaps of capital to build his colossal River Rouge factory; his modern equivalent can start with little besides a laptop and a hunger to invent. Like all revolutions, this one will be disruptive."    
(Ryder, 2012, p. 3) 
The modern world is ever changing and there a constant leaps in technology and advances in ways of thinking and doing. Over 100 years ago the world had a total population of less than two billion. (Kuttainen, 2013, p. 5) Now the world population is approximately seven billion and each person has somehting unique to bring to the table. As mentioned in the opening quote all that a person needs today is a laptop and some passion or ingenuity to invent and this gives power back to people who have the ability to show the world their ingenuity.

StumbleUpon as a social network isn't exactly somehwere people post their ideas and there plans. Instead StumbleUpon acts a conduit or a gateway to places where people can find websites which have the ideas or the plans and methods for building, making, cooking or creating. During my 'stumbles' i mainly came across cooking recipes (of which there are alot) and they were just reflections of different ideas and method people had for cooking. But there were a few websites that were titled 'life hacks'. These little ideas or 'life hacks' are ingenious inventions or simple methods on how to make difficult things or expensive things easier or cheaper. On a grand scale it isn't a massive money making scheme, but with the use of the social network StumbleUpon it is a way of allowing people to show their ideas in a global and public setting, without the added addition of massive amount of money.

That's all there is, there is no more.

For the final time,



Kuttainen, V. (2013). BA1002: Our Space: Networks, Narratives and the Making Of Place, Lecture 8: Stuff. Week 5 Notes [PowerPoint] Retrieved From: 

Ryder, B. (2012, April 21). Manufacturing: The third industrial revolution. The New York Times, Retrieved from

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Man on a laptop [Image] (2012) Retrieved from:

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