Your Relationship to Mass Media
Here is a link to a provocative idea:
Please read the entry for Thursday, February 8 then come back here.
The relationship between Creator and Consumer is changing. The Ivory Tower (to use Drayce's term) of Mass Media is under seige by a host of fans. Shall it succumb? Or will the fans be hoist on their own petard? What do you think?
Do you think that even the slightest bit of bending art to the audience will destroy creativity? What becomes of art no one wants to see anymore? Who is watching the Watcher? (*whispers* it's us)
Some of you know I work in a bookstore. I have to order and supervise the display of books and other items to appeal to customers. Some stuff I do not like...I order it anyway because the customers want it. Other things I order and put out: TS Eliot, Nesbit, H Rider Haggard, Machiavelli, all Shakespeare's plays, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, you get the idea. Those "classics" don't sell enough to really earn their shelf space, but I am loathe to stock a bookstore without them. At the very least, when a customer comes in to buy her copy of Nora Roberts she will see that we have a stack of Voltaire on the shelves and tell her friend that this is the place to come for her child's reading list!
This does not make me a critic (though I am one), I do have to respond to the market. If I don't, the one person in a thousand who came in to buy Candide will not find a bookstore on the corner anymore! Nora Roberts supports the Voltaire and Shakespeare readers...see? Otherwise we would be out of business and I would have to go become a teacher and starve. LOL
But what about Nora? What if she really wanted to write ala Susan Sontag? Her publisher would not let her. Who is the tyrant now? Look what happened to Stephen King when he signed that big book deal. Oh yeah...he put out a book a year, but were they GOOD?
Ok, sorry about the rant. Just say what you think.