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The Truth About the Internet and Creativity

The Internet is sucking the creativity out of all art

The Truth About the Internet and Creativity
photo by Jodi Emmer

I must be in the one profession that simply has no livable wage. Was there ever a time that columnists and writers used to get paid a living wage for producing one or two articles per week?  Is that just a fantasy?  I can honestly tell you I can write twelve articles a day and I will never be able to afford a house or, health insurance or to send my children to college because, the pay is so unbelievably low.

 That show, “sex and the city” set the precedent for a single woman living a luxurious lifestyle on the paychecks she received from her weekly column for some random magazine.  You rarely ever saw Carrie Bradshaw working, you only saw her screwing and buying $300.oo pairs of shoes. In an article written by David Byrne for The Guardian this is his point on what the internet is doing to all creative content out there;

the larger question is that if free or cheap streaming becomes the way we consume all (recorded) music and indeed a huge percentage of other creative content – TV, movies, games, art, porn – then perhaps we might stop for a moment and consider the effect these services and this technology will have, before "selling off" all our cultural assets “

This is an undeniable situation, in order to have an artistic career, one must also have another career or two or three in order to support the artistic career.  All we writers and photographers are is content mills, supplying content for the thousands of media outlets that are online and being paid so little that it is barely worth it to stay in this field.  I believe prostitutes make more money than I do.

 If what Mr. Byrne says is true, no one with any talent is going to stay in this business.  The Internet will suck all the creative juices, the uniqueness and original art form that productive and talented people used to get paid a living wage to produce.  Unfortunately, any moron can do my job, and in the beginning, the artist gets addicted to seeing his work in lights and showcased, but that wears out after about 18 months so he will probably quit and some new naïve kid will come and take his place.

 Or twelve to several hundred newly young kids take the place of whoever leaves the business.  The tautology is that no one will be paid.  Just used and exploited for producing content they eventually become aware of the situation and then a new chunk of artistic kids come to take over the positions.

I guess that’s life.  I don’t even know if there is any way to fight the internet, because they simply own all the media outlets which set the demand. There is a never ending supply of unemployed artists to produce the content, so for the big companies and corporations it is win win, and the little people never make a dime.  We have become worthless because there are simply too many of us out there and no one actually reads anything anymore.



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