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Opening Arguments

Moving day

We're changing platforms here -- again! -- so if all goes well, this blog will have a new address tomorrow. You can click on the link at www.news-sentinel.com and bookmark the site. I'm off this week, but I hope to get a few posts done, just to make sure the site is working.

In the meantime, here's an interesting article ( www.nytimes.com/2015/08/23/magazine/the-creative-apocalypse-that-wasn't.html/ )on "The creative apocalypse that wasn't."

In the digital economy, it was supposed to be impossible to make money by making art. Instead, creative careers are thriving -- but in complicated ways.

The short version: As platforms for the distribution of artistic works have multiplied, so have the opportunities for the creative class. So long, newspapers; hello Twitter and Facebook. So long, record labels; hello, Pandora. So long, network TV; hello, YouTube. As iny time of upheaval, there are winners and losers.

Of course, I've been most interested in the print industry upheaval, but the creative destruction going on throughout the artistic community is striking. The continuing evolution of the creation, distribution of music is especially fascinating. It's harder, for example, to make money with recorded music, but easier to make money with live music. The ubiquitousness of music online is acting like fee advertisements for concerts.

 
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