I also hope my story will help dispel a toxic myth, related to people in the arts: that unless you are a household name, you earn millions, or you have hundreds of thousand of followers on social media, you must be flailing; you must be struggling financially and your work couldn’t possibly have an impact. This is a lie. An illusion that keeps people in creative professions in a constant state of anxiety and insecurity, always unsatisfied and comparing themselves to the 0.001% that make headline news. There are 100 different ways you can be a professional artist (or an entrepreneur, or [insert profe…
And you can see it right now if you look hard enough. Link-bait has given way to click-bait which has given way to slideshows which have given way to fake news. While tactics change and evolve over time, they’re all powered by the same thing: a business model predicated around the almighty pageview.
Upon further reflection, it’s clear that the broken system is ad-driven media on the internet. It simply doesn’t serve people. In fact, it’s not designed to. The vast majority of articles, videos, and other “content” we all consume on a daily basis is paid for — directly or indirectly — by corporations who are funding it in order to advance their goals. And it is measured, amplified, and rewarded based on its ability to do that. Period. As a result, we get…well, what we get. And it’s getting worse.
…d attended plays. Jason and I put together a photo studio and started working on projects together. I started again to make things instead of just consuming. I got back to exercising the parts of my brain that had atrophied from underuse.