Tonight on Stephen Colbert, he interviewed Andrew Keen, the author of “The Cult of the Amateur: How today’s Internet is killing our culture”. Despite being an elitist, the guy may just have a point.
His argument, as I understood it, was this: That basically because everyone and anyone can post media, they are destroying the ‘true’ artists of our world, and thereby, destroying culture.
What shocked me is how fast it turned into: because of the internet, artists are losing money because people are stealing their artwork.
I don’t entirely agree with that.
Let’s look at it for a moment from a money making point of view. Prior to the internet, for someone to be a “Good” artist, they had to basically be able to sell their artwork (in whatever way) to the masses at a price that was able to keep them alive. Now, with the internet, that rule still applies, it’s just meaner… There are more artists, some marketing themselves for free. The only people who are really losing are the artists who were so good, that they were making millions (in which case, who cares if they are losing a few bucks to piracy), and the artists who were bad (who were probably going to have to get out of the market sooner or later anyway.
I have to give the author credit though… I love the fact that he posts on his blog that he wants advice from his audience on how to sack Colbert.
In any case, I think I want to read this book… Just so I can say:
“I’m helping to ruin culture. Here’s my proof. You can thank me later.”