Kia ora koutou
On 16/07/2009, at 12:07 PM, Julian Oliver wrote:
Disconnections are dumb, as are fines. That said
it's not the big bad
state that is entirely to blame here, nor media moguls.
Fighting the tide is dumb. Pretending there isn't
one is dumber.
So, rather than seeing vast sums of public and private
into fighting these abstract battles, artists would do well to learn
to re-position themselves within the realities of the economic,
technical and cultural context within which they expect to compete
and/or thrive. This is a reform that needs to happen at a peer level:
It's here that I think the government should be putting their energy. I
agree with you entirely, and think the government should play a role in
helping artists to restrategise their economic model in a way where you
don't fight the Internet but go with it. It is a case of adapt to how
the Internet works or die really. Sadly it looks like Birchville died ..
although if the album that appeared on bittorrent sites had been seeded
by the artists, with text on where people can go to purchase some cover
art (always lacking from digital), gig guide, even donate anonymously,
maybe it wouldn't be such a sorry story. Radical, scary, all of the
above, but it's reality and there's nothing artists can do to stop it.
Adapt or die people. Government should be doing more to help us work out
ways to adapt. It should do this rather than scamper around with cutting
internet blab which is a transparently ugly non-solution.
A small island nation in the far corner of the map really should be
looking to turning these technologies to their advantage rather than
fighting them. It's kind of ridiculous that here we're faced with the
best, easiest and cheapest medium available to create exposure to New
Zealand art, and the government is trying to work out how best to stop
this from happening. If they truly care about artists then they should
be coming up with strategies for guiding us to adapt to this digital
world. A government that leads should really be coming up with creative
ways to leverage that inherent wonderfulness of the Internet to
share/trade/expose in a way that our artists can thrive. Teach us how
John Key! I will be your willing tutor! It should probably also just
acknowledge that you can't ultimately stop this from taking place, but
you need to work in with it instead, help artists work out how to
monetise this, and prepare for some artists to die as a consequence of
not being able to/willing to find a path of adaptation.
This is pretty important.