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What prevents us from having a social agreement (or convention) that escalating a housing market is not great or fair way to get rich fast?
by das monde on Tue Mar 27th, 2007 at 06:52:27 AM EST
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Nothing, it's just different from the agreement we do have.

But I'm afraid that, by and large, cultural norms (like scientific paradigms) only change when the old people die off.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 27th, 2007 at 06:54:18 AM EST
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I do not think that old people are the problem. They still know how to earn a living in harder ways. It is younger people that may have too much expectations that things can go easily indefinitely. Similarly, "new" people from emerging economies might be the biggest enthusiasts of the boom[&bust] game. They just learned the way to get rich... No one is educating them anything else.
by das monde on Tue Mar 27th, 2007 at 07:05:49 AM EST
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I don't mean "old people" as in "elderly". I mean that the people who embody the current cultural norm that you decry have to die off (or become outnumbered and be overcome) before the cultural norm can go away and be replaced by a new one.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 27th, 2007 at 07:09:41 AM EST
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I wonder, does the ecosystem of cultural norms has to be dominated by a few dominant norms, one for each aspect? Do weaker cultural norms have no means to "remain themselves" and form an opposition to a dominant norm? The ecosystem of living styles seems to be very Jurrasic (or even pre-Cambrian) at the moment: everyone aspires to be more among top few percent most powerful or affluent; no one "knows" how to survive happily with the satisfaction you have.
by das monde on Tue Mar 27th, 2007 at 08:05:24 AM EST
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Another example: the "old culture" of a job for life and a single "career" that starts with your choice of university degree is being replaced by something new. The old generation won't unlearn their ways and a sizeable proportion of the new generation has learnt that cultural norm all too well. So the old generation needs to die off and the part of the new generation embodying the old mores have to be outnumbered before a new cultural norm more adapted to the current economic context can take center stage.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 27th, 2007 at 07:13:36 AM EST
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But some things do spread damn fast - "virally" -nonetheless.

And the "napsterisation", due to internet "peer to peer" connectivity, means emerging phenomena such as Voice over IP catch on a lot quicker.

Are generations becoming more adaptable?

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Tue Mar 27th, 2007 at 07:24:13 AM EST
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I think you'll find people adopt technologies in their formative years (late teens and early twenties) and after that they take a lot of effort to switch.

What happens is that technologies are starting to go obsolete and disappear from the market over a decade or two, so people are being forced to adopt new technologies more than they used to.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 27th, 2007 at 07:30:55 AM EST
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What should we expect of the future? Will technologies appear and go obsolete in a few months? Or is this crazy tempo somehow temporarily, just for a few decades?
by das monde on Tue Mar 27th, 2007 at 08:07:34 AM EST
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