24 Hours Later


I have to say that I am completely overwhelmed by the responses I’ve received to yesterday’s initial post! I may share some comments from readers later this week, but first I would love to keep sending YOU to YOU and there are PLENTY MORE to go around. So please tell your friends! Full details here.

In the meantime, three provocative arguments to consider today:

  • “For most of human existence the output of art could never keep up with the demand. I believe that is now changing, and that’s why we’re seeing the great intermediaries in this process–record labels, movies studios, book publishing companies Borders, etc.–start to shrink, or even fail. They relied on demand being so pent-up they didn’t really need ot work very hard ot match tastes, to connect artist and audience. But now that demand can in fact be sated, their lack of connection to either artist or audience may doom them.” — Soft Skull’s Richard Nash on “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” at Harvard Business Publishing.
  • “I’ve come of age in an era of mass customization, rather than mass movements. Our affiliations are broad and loose, rather than narrow and deep—we identify with brands, not institutions. Everyone has his or her own playlist now; we don’t need the radio. And what politicians, activists and concerned citizens (like me) are all struggling with is: how do you bring people together to accomplish something when they don’t need togetherness the way they did only 20 years ago?” — The Daily Beast’s Bryan Keefer on the politics of change in Stanford Magazine.
  • “If one goes to the trouble of reading, maybe one ought to read books that are as treacherous as whitewater rafting, books that throw one’s whole way of seeing into question. Difficult fiction is probably dangerous; it undermines more preconceptions than we are often ready to yield. At its best… it gives one the exhilaration of having survived the ineffably perilous. As a consequence of such reckoning, we are as readers, for the moment at least, new born.” — Jonathan Baumbach on “The Pleasures of the Difficult” at Frigate.



One Response to “24 Hours Later”

  1. 1 Leo Schulz

    Digitalisation has yet to really impact the book trade, but it is coming, and I have been thinking a lot in recent months about the effects it is likely to have. Looking at what happened in the music industry, musicians and music-lovers have done well, but sources of revenue, and indeed the mechanics of distribution, have been very difficult to predict. Live music has been marvellously regenerated – reminding musicians of how their forebears made a living, and in many cases a rich living, for millennia past. As an example of something entirely new, in the UK, TV car advertisements are becoming a significant source of income for bands, with car companies starting to recognise their role and actively seek out musicians to promote and sponsor.

    Your blog is dealing with an important and interesting subject at an opportune moment. It has prompted me to try to set out my thoughts in an article more formally, and I hope to share a little of it with yourself and your readers in coming days. Well done!

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