cneutron wrote:The most interesting thing about the recent Lowery article is being glossed over by most folks:
"Why are you* ok with Apple or Comcast getting your money but ambivalent, at best, at the bands you love having to fuel the van on hugs."
Because the internet is a service we pay for. On that service we do a lot of things, so it's worth it to pay for that service. Oh, there's music on there? Cool. Not the reason I pay for it, but thanks.
And the very question presupposes that selling recorded music is the only (or at least only "legitimate") avenue for income for a band. It's antique and insulting to the people who've been busting their balls to make the new paradigm viable. It's bullshit framed as a question that tries to raise a nonexistent ethical conundrum.
He might just as well have tacked the power grid onto his question, because we need that to run the evil boxes we steal music with. "Why are you okay with the electric company making money?" Well, I'm not really, I'd prefer public utilities, but I'm going to use the power grid as it is because that's what comes out of the socket in the wall.
All of these shame-based arguments are childish. Or rather Sunday school for children-ish.
To me it just seems like there is a lot of cheerleading for tech companies and these services and a sort of aggressive ambivalence towards even a modicum of support towards bands. Yes, yes...
Part of that is the culture of where I live, deep in the heart of the technology that's making all of this possible. A lot of my friends work for these places. It's ok to pay for these pseudo vampiric services, a smart phone, and ipad, it's ok to pay for a phone bill, internet service, etc.
(BTW: Municipal WIFI, great idea... there was some movement on that in SF for awhile, nothing really came from it though, shock and amazement... can you guess why?)
I do agree about the selling music being the only avenue for income for a band. That's a losing argument if ever there was one. And that's the part of the article that I find tiresome and rehashed: Makes me think of this:
Still there has to be a middle ground between shaming people into paying the "poor beleaguered artist" and just saying "fuck it" altogether.
Most of these music services are great for serving people up what they already know.
Whatever though, this is a circular conversation and this isn't about discovery. It's about the dude from Cracker trying to give a lecture to clouds. It's the world we live in. Personally: I'm always just overjoyed if anybody listens to our stuff at all.
Heck. If not for the internet I'd never know the sounds of my friend Lu Zwei's band and he would not know ours. That's pretty rad.