Update to Readers

I love blogging and writing this blog and will continue to do so.

But I’ve been dealing with a lot of personal matters behind the scenes that are starting to require more of my attention. I’m OK, but I’m at a point where I need to make decisions about where to allocate time.

There’s even the chance that I may pull out of healthcare social media for a bit. I’m getting inundated with interest and requests, but the volume has become a bit much for me to tackle while dealing with my personal matters.

In addition to my personal matters, I’ve had a lifelong illness which has been flaring up lately – at the worst time, but that’s life.

I may actually have to consider a shift in career-focus. I’ve been doing most of what I do as a one-man-shop, and I think I’m realizing the importance of a regular and stable environment of face-to-face work relationships.

Many of you know me as the ‘healthcare social media’ guy, but I’m actually industry-agnostic. Even if I move away from Healthcare, it’s still a passion and I’m sure I’ll do what I can to move things along. It’s just that I may need a change in lifestyle.

Who knows, maybe I’ll crowdsource my next move. 😉

I’m turning off comments on this post, but if you want to reach me, my email is philbaumann at gmail point com.

Rilke was right: “You must change your life.” That’s what I’m doing.


Cyborg Economy: When Proletariat and Capitalist Fuse

One of the main features of economies over the last four or five centuries has been the separation between labor and capital. That is – because of technological conditions – the means of production had to be separate from the ownership of production.

It may help to read Marx’s Capital and Smith’s Wealth of Nations for deeper understandings of the ramifying influences of capitalism on the world (new conceptions of time, impacts on culture and class, etc.). But what matters most is to understand the key role of the separation of means of production from its ownership.

That separation has always created conflict: labor seeks better wages, hours, conditions; capital seeks lower wages, longer hours, cheaper conditions and more capital.

Until now, technology has been the primary agent in creating and enforcing this fundamental dichotomy. If a printing press cost too much for a writer to own and run, she had to rely on a capitalist to supply the ability to publish.

Now, the Web and cheapening technologies open the possibility of the proletariat and the capitalist to ‘fuse’ – that is, it’s now possible to use *and* own production.

It’s becoming more of a reality that workers (labor) can fund their own endeavors (capital).

You can see this fusion as the emergence of a new kind of cyborg, an economic one – let’s call it the Prolecapatarian.

The proletarian can now embed/extend capitalist features into her presence in the economy. Same thing for the capitalist.

But what’s the effect of these new economic cyborgs? Specifically, what happens to the classic conflict between labor and capital? Does it become internalized?

Does the Prolecapatarian face internal conflict? What does that look like?

It’s something to think about, because those of us who live the 24/7 nomadic life have to contend with being both the user and owner of production.

How about you: do you think we’ll see the emergence of this new kind of economic being? Or do you think we’re in a transition period and that eventually we’ll be back to the schism between labor and capital and the emergence of wholly larger concentrations of capital accumulation and labor surplus?

Are you a Prolecapatarian?