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NEW YORK -- The "cottage economy" -- a movement of individual entrepreneurs creating products and technologies -- is a very real and growing phenomenon, Inman News owner and publisher Brad Inman said during an opening address at the Real Estate Connect conference today. After playing a famous clip from the 1976 film "Network," in which a news anchor shouts, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore," Inman noted the public's present-day disgust over the state of economic and political affairs, manifested in the tea party and Occupy Wall Street movements, as examples. He said people are mad at overpaid executives, mad at Congress, and "mad at big institutions, generally." People are "sick of national brands that dupe us; sick of commoditization; sick of mass production," he said, which has led to the growth of entrepreneurialism -- something that harkens back to the roots of the nation. "Small is beaut...