Friday, 19 April 2013
Steamships, Fixed Phones, Cars and The "Insurgent Niche"
Within any social system, there are what Maurie Cohen, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology calls ‘insurgent niches.’ If you don’t own a car, you almost certainly in an ‘insurgent niche.’
“Niches are fragile, they’re underfunded, they’re stigmatized. The car was once an insurgent niche in the age of streetcars. Now in the age of the automobile, we might think of those niches as car-sharing companies or bike advocacy groups”.
More on this, and how it relates to steamships and landline phones, at Atlantic Cities.