Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Starfish and the Spider

Started reading The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations last night. I very much enjoyed the Introduction and the first chapter, which were about the crisis of the music industry and there inability to stop people from sharing music files with each other. Kids don't buy music any more. One person does and then shares it with everyone else. It seems to be a losing battle.

The reason is that there is no head to cut off. You can sue five companies, but you can't sue a million teenagers. The only one making any money is the lawyers.

Then they go off into the Apaches. They survive for hundreds of years while Montezuma bites the dust. There's no centralized leadership to stop.


Jared said...

So it is the complex de-centralized systems that survive the best (and perhaps adapt the quickest). It makes perfect sense to me.

ScarredWarrior said...

What is really shocking (I have family that is intimately involved in major music industry) is that it hasn't been until the last 18 months or so that the higher-ups have grasped the reality of their situation. The music industry is scrambling to try and find a sort of solution but it will be slow coming... if ever.

-Devin Rose

::athada:: said...

capitalism sounds like one of these leaderless organization... perhaps why it feels so relentless for good or ill

James Petticrew said...

I am presuming it won't be on the Pope's reading list then? or the Nazarene General Superintendents!