“Culture may be a public good, but it’s expensive to produce. Creative workers, Taylor writes, are squeezed particularly hard in the digital era. Whereas institutions like record labels and newspapers once made investments in musicians, artists and writers, now most creative types are on their own, making their art without compensation in the hopes it’ll be a hit and they’ll be able to recoup later. The illusion of a level playing field online — that any YouTube artist could be the next Justin Bieber or any bloggers could end up the next Woodward and Bernstein — only increases the pressure on those who don’t have offline advantages. It’s impossible to be a self-made Internet star, Taylor points out, without nondigital essentials like food and shelter. “In online culture, as in off, advantage begets advantage,” she writes. No wonder so many artists are willing to “collaborate” with brands, which are becoming one of their only means of financial support. And so, despite the claims of a new era of openness, persistent social problems like discrimination and economic inequality remain firmly in place. “The new economy,” she says, “was never that novel.””

'The People's Platform' takes on the digital age of exploitation - latimes.com (via infoneer-pulse)

So much truth. And so many implications for libraries that are seeking to play a role in the production as well as consumption of culture.

(via infoneer-pulse)

“The discovery of the alphabet will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves…You give your disciples not truth but only the semblance of truth; they will be heroes of many things, and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing.”
— Socrates, “Phaedrus”

Excerpts from three AMAZING sets by Aaron Martin (Topeka, KS), Sontag Shogun (Brooklyn, NY) & Diving Bell (Cincinnati, OH). When I started Experimental Music at the Library back in 2012, I had this really abstract idea of what I wanted it to be like. Last night absolutely nailed it. I’ll post more about this later. (Here ya go, libraryadvocates!)

“In the name of “progress” our official culture is striving to force the new media to do the work of the old.”
— Marshall McLuhan, “The Medium is the Massage”



Diving Bell performing for Experimental Music at the Library earlier this evening.

Program series I want to steal.

YES!! PLEASE DO!! #peerpressure

libraryadvocates replied to your photo “Diving Bell performing for Experimental Music at the Library earlier…”

Looks cool. Any audio/video?
Yes! I got some great video excerpts of all three performances last night (Aaron Martin, Sontag Shogun, and Diving Bell). I’m still editing it & hopefully I’ll have it posted this evening. 8^)