This will launch the season of manifestos. It's been a difficult year, and I need to remember why I work.
I get why @cshirky's takes, particularly this one, are controversial. And I'm going to be pointed: not everyone can live this way, and certainly not everyone can AFFORD to live this way right now. Much of the reason AT&T maintained its power is because for as long as they did was because they took care of their employees so well in comparison to today; you could EASILY spend a career as an AT&T company man. We need employers who will care for their employees and who can keep their employees throughout their careers, and the fact that we don't have that for much of our population is why "capitalism" is heard more as a curse than a cheer around the people I know in 2014.
And yet I'm very grateful that I, for whatever privileged reason, keep finding jobs long past my sell-by date, and keep finding myself with a platform that I CAN listen to this and find myself saying "I can afford to do X for love." We need better jobs for more people; we need more people with an attitude of love, too. And that attitude should carry itself over into doing things that make our space better to live in, for more people.