"Here’s what I mean by looking backwards to look forwards. The Big Transport Boom of the eighteenth century depended upon centralizing a vision and then training poor people, lots of them, to make roads for other poor people to get to market. If they had concentrated only on rich people, it would have failed.

Imagine: if Google decided that it wanted to use its hackathons and intern power to regularly boost the power of these service groups. Imagine constructing an infrastructure for training and deploying a thousand slum residents to incubate their own neighborhood-accountable projects. Here’s the historical lesson: Poor people build roads for poor people to do other things on. An institution comes in and makes it scale a hundred thousand times over. The economy is utterly transformed, a hundred times over. The lead institution takes an infinitesimal cut on return on investment — a tiny return, the equivalent of a gasoline tax, not a toll-road return to compensate investors any time within the next twenty years — and the result is the invention of a new economic system, which pays back all participants on a scale hitherto unfathomable.”

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Tom and Bob in search of the Antique, an anonymous cartoon, 17 April 1822 – the middle classes discover classical sculpture
In the early 19th century, two important collections of classical sculpture reached the British Museum and were put on display to the public. The ‘Townley Marbles’, sculptures collected (mostly in Italy) by Charles Townley, were purchased by the Museum after Townley’s death in 1805. Sculptures from the Parthenon (the ‘Elgin Marbles’) were purchased by the Museum’s Trustees in 1816. For the first time in England, major collections of sculptures from ancient Greece and Rome were accessible to those who had not travelled abroad or received a classical education.
This drawing pokes fun at a group of people who seem to be making their first visit to the British Museum. They have dressed in their finest clothes for the occasion, but they seem bewildered by what they are seeing. In fact, the elderly gentleman in the centre does not look at all impressed by the lecture he is receiving.
The sculptures in the drawing are not, however, exact copies of any sculptures which are actually in the Museum. In 1822, when this cartoon was drawn, visitors were able to see the Parthenon sculptures in the temporary Elgin Room and the Townley Marbles in the Townley Galleries. All of these buildings were taken down before 1850.

britishmuseumofthefuture:

Tom and Bob in search of the Antique, an anonymous cartoon, 17 April 1822 – the middle classes discover classical sculpture

In the early 19th century, two important collections of classical sculpture reached the British Museum and were put on display to the public. The ‘Townley Marbles’, sculptures collected (mostly in Italy) by Charles Townley, were purchased by the Museum after Townley’s death in 1805. Sculptures from the Parthenon (the ‘Elgin Marbles’) were purchased by the Museum’s Trustees in 1816. For the first time in England, major collections of sculptures from ancient Greece and Rome were accessible to those who had not travelled abroad or received a classical education.

This drawing pokes fun at a group of people who seem to be making their first visit to the British Museum. They have dressed in their finest clothes for the occasion, but they seem bewildered by what they are seeing. In fact, the elderly gentleman in the centre does not look at all impressed by the lecture he is receiving.

The sculptures in the drawing are not, however, exact copies of any sculptures which are actually in the Museum. In 1822, when this cartoon was drawn, visitors were able to see the Parthenon sculptures in the temporary Elgin Room and the Townley Marbles in the Townley Galleries. All of these buildings were taken down before 1850.