New batch of links. It’s time to discuss whether you guys want to be able to download stuff for free.
The topic: Establishing Value Through Uniqueness (i.e. embracing ‘free’ internet and rolling with it) vs. Establishing Value Through Uniqueness (i.e. not embracing ‘free’ internet, and suggesting boundaries). Here’s a rebuttle to the second link (Slate). [If you'd like to listen to the first interview rather than read the transcript, go here].
Listen/read all these, then comment. Is Jaron Lanier out of touch or on to something? Is OK Go just ‘giving away the store’? Is OK Go a band, or video producers who happen to make music? Is the All-State Insurance-OK Go patron/artist relationship a future sustainable business model? Lastly, is it sustainable for us to download stuff that is on sale for free?
I have a feeling that most people don’t like to pay for music if they don’t have to. Most people want books for free, access to knowledge to be free, etc. But what does this say about our relationship with content providers (artists, specialists, experts)? What incentive is there to create great content if there is no financial compensation to make it a viable effort? Why should someone write a textbook (a herculean effort, by the way, with endless hours of work) if it will ultimately be pirated for free? Lastly, how are you going to make money as an artist?
Comment by 3pm Wednesday March 6th.
Here is the video for reference to the first link.
Here’s another similar video done close by in Echo Park.