I was approached to write an article about independent filmmaking for the February edition of Minnesota Playlist, a local web publication that's primarily for the performing arts, and it seemed like a perfect opportunity to take a topic that I've been stewing on for years, and try to put my thoughts about it into coherent form.
It doesn't really come out in the article, but much of my thinking on the subject has been informed by the work of Naomi Klein, who, in her book "No Logo," discusses outsourcing, sweatshops, and how the business of ideas and marketing replaced the business of actually making things in America.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 08, 2010
"If you want to know what's really going on in a society or ideology, follow the money. If money is flowing to advertising instead of to musicians, journalists, and artists, then a society is more concerned with manipulation than with truth or beauty. If content is worthless, then people will start to become empty-headed and content-less. The combination of hive mind and advertising has resulted in a new kind of social contract. The basic idea of this contract is that authors, journalists, musicians and artists are encouraged to treat the fruits of their intellects and imaginations as fragments to be given without pay to the hive mind. Reciprocity takes the form of self-promotion. Culture is to become precisely nothing but advertising."- Jaron Lanier, You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto
... and yes, I'm aware of the potential irony/hypocrisy of posting this on a blog. I encourage you to go out and buy the whole book, at a real bookstore, like I did.