Debate on The Internet, Artistic Content, and who should pay

Bevin Carnes in “The High Cost of Free Culture” at The Huffington Post:

“I don’t think I’d want to live in a world where every movie or song you see or hear HAS to sell you a product in order to be profitable… Yes, we might have to pay for our movies and music, but at least they won’t sound like advertising jingles or look like product placement ads.”

And Jennifer Edwards, in response, in “In Times of Crisis: Saving the Arts“:

“I hate to be a kill-joy, but the vast majority of classical art pieces were designed as product placement ads paid for by monarchs and religious institutions… Making a living from art, as a pure expression of the artist, was unheard of throughout most of history. The livelihood of an artist was provided largely by individuals and institutions who controlled the content and context of their work. In this time of viral media, self-publishing and producing, and watch-on-demand entertainment, artists have never been so free and in control of their art. The real crisis in the arts, and in general, is monetary.”

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