… Nerds now have money, power, and status. The biggest, fastest-growing companies in the world are run and staffed by us, and mainstream culture has shifted from mocking us to respect. Startups are sexy. We’ve won.
And that’s where the problem lies. We’re still behaving like the rebel alliance, but now we’re the Empire. We got where we are by ignoring outsiders and believing in ourselves even when nobody else would. The decades have proved that our way was largely right and the critics were wrong, so our habit of not listening has become deeply entrenched."
Why nerd culture must die by Pete Warden
Every maker is dependent on somebody! You might be depending on investors, or your Kickstarter backers or your day job or Patreon or your spouse or your subscribers or your 1,000 true fans or your mom, but unless you are an independently wealthy and incredibly reclusive maker, you are depending on someone. It might be for money, or for emotional support, or obsequious fawning, or external deadlines so you actually get stuff done, but you’re depending on someone, for something.
In the vacuum of space, no one can help you make.
But you should know what you need from other people."
Erin McKean, Independence and the Creative Life
The term “worldie” is dumb but this story about GoPro going public isn’t: We Are A Camera: Living the GoPro life via The New Yorker.