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"The status quo gives us a boring culture. In a society of over 300 million people, only 30 new artists a year sell a million records. By any measure, that's a huge failure."

Not the point of the article, but a damned good point anyway.
  • Not sure I'd agree with that. There are a lot of bands and artists that don't sell a million CDs but still do quite well...since they're making most of their money playing small venues and clubs where they can sell stuff direct to their fans without the record companies getting a (healthy) taste. Now that more and more people are getting their music over the Internet, the old model of new acts getting hyped by the major labels through radio play is breaking down and being replaced with something more diffuse. Besides, given the kind of people million-selling artists tend to turn into (i.e. self-indulgent monsters) do we really want any more than we already have?
    • Point taken. Although I do have to say that I am disappointed in the vast quantities of young people today who refuse to use the minds and talents they have, simply because it is not 'popular'. Of course, that's assuming that people who follow trends and such media-promoted drivel have creative minds.

      You know, the quote I pulled from the essay is rather out-of-context...
      The actual essay is a diatribe against the RIAA, and rather well-put, IMO.
      • I'll have to take a closer look at it. Anything that bashes the RIAA gets a thumbs-up from me, though. Burn, Hollywood, Burn!
        • Ah, yes, Courtney Love. I may not agree with her on much, but she's absolutely right. Versions of the same spiel can be found at the negativland site, and Chuck D of Public Enemy was pointing the way to the Promised Land of digital freedom back in '99.

          We just need to send some of the corrupt bitches working down 270 from you out to pasture and replace them with some honest thieves that aren't working for the music industry. Could take a while, though...there's a war on, and W's mind is on slightly more important things.
          • Yeah, I was a tad bit hesitant to post the link, as I am not really a fan of her, by any stretch of the term. However, I started reading this, and with each passing paragraph I became convinced that she was rather eloquent. At least, for the most part. I still do not understand the need to use vulgar language, though. It is rather irritating, to say the least.
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