It happened in the music business, it’s in full swing in the publishing business, and it’s building a head of steam in the entertainment industry of movies and TV. The era of the manufactured/exploited superstar is coming to a close.
A handful of superstars, as well as all the mindless middlemen and bloodsucking control freaks already lament this evolution. But make no mistake, it is revolutionary for entertainment and the arts, making it possible for anyone with determination and talent to express their artistic abilities, control their own destiny, and receive fair compensation in the process.
An excellent example of the early technological undercurrents and their implications for artists is “Artifact.” A film which began life documenting the making of the 30 Seconds to Mars album, “This Is War” and morphed into a hard-hitting commentary, exposing the inner secrets of corruption in the music industry.
Much has changed since the making of this film in 2008, and the changes are accelerating, spreading throughout media and entertainment, thanks to newer/better technology. I’m no technophobe, but I have a healthy tendency to be suspicious, ferreting out hidden agendas before passing judgement. And while I’m the first to decry the abuses of new technology, I herald this new dawn with open arms, embracing as well, its dark side.
Bottom line, this sea change benefits artists and audiences alike. As the song says, “Our time will come.” Guess what? It’s Here and Now.
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