Brothers Brick: “Have the Internet and Blogging Improved LEGO Creativity?”

Via The Brothers Brick:

“Alan Lopuszynski over at Burbanked linked to Linus’ recent post about robbed’s Terminator head and asks an interesting question I’d like to put in front of TBB readers:

Impressive? Absolutely. Yet it begs the question: were people this creative before the Internet offered an outlet with which to showcase their efforts? Because in our youth, we were lucky to construct a rocket car out of Legos that actually looked like it was capable of rolling down the upstairs hallway. We have to wonder, had we the benefit of the self-affirming effects of a blog and complimentary comments from people all over the world, whether things might have turned out quite differently in life.

So, dear readers, what do you think?”

My response:

I awoke from my last (in the sense of most recent, and hopefully in the sense of ultimate) Dark Age when my brother in law pointed me to Eric Harshbarger’s site, when it was featured on Slashdot for the Lego Desk. I looked at his works and thought “I could do that” and went out and bought a bunch of 3033 tubs (RIP) and built my Pokemon sculptures. I then found LUGNET and my local LUG and haven’t looked back since.

The thing that’s kept me from having another Dark Age is the interaction with other AFOL’s. Whether it be a LUG meeting, train show, or just posting pictures online, the fact that I’m not all on my own has made it possible to maintain momentum. And that wouldn’t happen without the Internet.

As for blogs though, I think the jury’s still out. I don’t think there’s enough of us blogging to really have an effect yet. I think that LUGNET (though not nearly as much as in the past), classic-space.com, classic-castle.com sites, etc. have more impact than blogs at the moment.

So the question I would add is, will LEGO blogs take over from bulletin boards as the venue for the LEGO discussion? I think they already have in a few small areas, such as vignettes, but overall it remains to be seen. What do you think?

One Comment on Brothers Brick: “Have the Internet and Blogging Improved LEGO Creativity?”

  1. There isn’t a fragment of doubt in my mind that overall, people are more productive when they have a group of like minded others to encourage them. It’s fundamental. The Internet has only amplified that effect. In the past we certainly had pockets of determined individuals who could make amazing things in a vacuum but now the Internet catalyzes this activity in a signifcant way. Problem solving becomes a group effort. Techniques and tips can be shared across the globe. One negative of the Internet might be an homogenization of ideas overall and the damping of duplicate efforts which sometimes produces advances. However, overall I think it’s positives far outweigh these negatives.

    – David