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Study Up For Think: The Creativity Crisis

Timberg has personal experience with the impact of the "culture crash" on journalists: in 2008, he was the victim of a massive layoff at the Los Angeles Times and lost his home to the bank.

The music recording business has plummeted in value. Hundreds of newspapers across the country have shuttered. Arts programs in schools are getting slashed. According to Scott Timberg’s book Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class, these could all be symptoms of a society that has devalued and nearly destroyed a creative class of workers.

He will join Think host Krys Boyd at 1 p.m. to discuss the economic recession, technological advances and culture shifts that have all contributed to this cultural tension.

Musician David Byrne recently posed the question, “Do you really think people are going to keep putting time and effort into (creative work) if no one is making any money?” The theme of privilege, of who can afford to do creative work for free, remains dominant in the online discussions and reviews of Culture Crash.

For those seeking to increase their creativity in daily life, Forbes aggregated a list of tips.

Listen to Think from noon to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on KERA 90.1. You can stream the show at