The creative class is defined as “... a fast-growing, highly educated, and well-paid segment of the workforce on whose efforts corporate profits and economic growth increasingly depend.” (Florida)
Florida considers creativity to be the driving force of economic growth. The creative class that engages in creativity therefore drives America economically. He notices that companies are moving to or are being formed in the cities/regions, where there is a high ‘Creativity Index’ - a new measure of a city’s or regions overall standing in the creative economy developed by Florida. Economic growth has been focused in places that were tolerant, diverse, and open to creativity. These are places where creative people want to work.
Is the ‘creative class’ conscious of its own dominant role in society? If this creative class can become conscious of its self as a movement, it can lead our society in many ways, including overcoming many of its problems, in the best case scenaro. But isn’t it more likely that in the system that we have, where creative force is restrained by the copyright law and is only one of the subsistems in the great economic structure driven by profit, the creative class would only replace the existing structures and strenghten its factory machanisms as described in Adorno and Horkheimer’s ‘The Culture Industry: Enlightment as Mass Deception’.
Isn’t the creative class only a step in the evolution of the class system, that if empowered could lead to more increasing class divisions? (Again, in the the context of the liberal capitalism in which we live in.)
Isn’t it to naive to think the “...blurring the old distinction between white-collar work (done by decisionmakers) and blue-collar work (done by those who follow orders).” would happen without the border/distinction/line only moving to a one class lower - to the traditional working class.
How would the rise of the creative class be a reflected on a development of a general state of the world’s economics in a free/open culture?
I my opinion, categorizing people or the working force into classes (what ever they are) is a thing that can potentialy mean only switching repleacing the same power structure with a different order.
The power of the creative class (in the way Florida describes it) will, once it gets openly eknowledged, going to experience the faster and more radical transformation of the cultural sector into the culture industry in Adorno-Horkheimer scenario.