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10. Culture that is easily consumed is easily discarded.
Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:40 PM
Dec 2012

The tools used to easily consume content do not contribute cultural value. Touch pads are designed to consume content, not produce it. IPods make it easy to store and consume vast quantities of production music. Digitized images can be churned out and copied with almost no effort.

Our culture, meaning the arts, are increasingly intended to be easily distributed rather than offer a deeper insight into the human condition. There is no money in content production, but there is a boatload of cash to be made in distributing content that is easily consumed. The more easily it is consumed, the more the consumers will want to replace it. Thus we have production music designed to be earworms with hook lines, lol cats, blogs that are written to go viral, and McRibs.

If you want to actually get something out of an image, go to an art gallery or a museum. If you want to appreciate music, attend a live performance. If you want to read a book, go to a book store and invest in a book that has content you want to keep.

But truly, the best way to appreciate and enjoy culture is to produce it yourself. The producers of cultural content do so because they want to explore, but they are not special, magical shamans who have some insight into the human condition any more than anybody else. They have just given up the luxury of having others answer those questions for them. Anybody can do it. The human voice was designed to be able to sing. Human eyes are designed to make sense of the world around us. Our ears can hear just the right note. All it takes is practice and sacrifice.

It's the fault of the liberal and the social democratic left... leftlibdem420 Dec 2012 #1
Made me think. Well done. k&r n/t Laelth Dec 2012 #2
Too many ifs, buts and maybes in that article dipsydoodle Dec 2012 #3
It might not be so bad. PopeOxycontinI Dec 2012 #4
I think that books are just simply getting into the digital age late Promethean Dec 2012 #12
I just got a Kindle, but I wouldn't waste money on a download duffyduff Dec 2012 #33
"Renting books, songs, movies" musiclawyer Dec 2012 #5
CDs still exist because people want the physical copy, plus duffyduff Dec 2012 #34
Recommended me b zola Dec 2012 #6
I'm doing my best not to support this renewal of feudalism. hunter Dec 2012 #7
We are a lot closer to a feudalistic society than most people know. zeemike Dec 2012 #8
K&R! We don't even have representative government anymore. We cannot compete with the wash Dustlawyer Dec 2012 #9
I am. I was exhausted after the election, but I'm getting my wind back. savannah43 Dec 2012 #17
We have not heard the last on the computer Dustlawyer Dec 2012 #25
Culture that is easily consumed is easily discarded. rrneck Dec 2012 #10
That is no lie nolabels Dec 2012 #11
Much fuming against copyright written by people who never create desirable music or art or fiction. Bernardo de La Paz Dec 2012 #13
It seems like you have missed the point quakerboy Dec 2012 #27
I agree with you that you should be able to resell or give away your copy. nt Bernardo de La Paz Dec 2012 #32
kr. back in the 90s i read some business exec type laying out exactly this as a business plan. HiPointDem Dec 2012 #14
Restrictions on hard copy book sales dipsydoodle Dec 2012 #16
i meant renting everything & owning nothing outright. sorry you couldn't grasp that. HiPointDem Dec 2012 #18
I wasn't referring to you. dipsydoodle Dec 2012 #19
not sure why you responded to my post then -- with a personal dig. HiPointDem Dec 2012 #22
I will give up my books lastlib Dec 2012 #15
+1,000 duffyduff Dec 2012 #35
Home ownership & car ownership have bit something of an illusion for quite a while. limpyhobbler Dec 2012 #20
It has been that way forever, and the illusion ProSense Dec 2012 #23
Till that final payment is made quakerboy Dec 2012 #28
Better than communism- where the government owns everything... WhoIsNumberNone Dec 2012 #21
This is really not all that new, just an extension. Stonepounder Dec 2012 #24
Shows the concept of property is amorphous, and evolves over time... limpyhobbler Dec 2012 #26
K&R We are a nation of farm animals for profit. woo me with science Dec 2012 #29
THis is called corporatism, or fascism Doctor_J Dec 2012 #30
That's what really gets me about ebooks, downloads, etc. duffyduff Dec 2012 #31
Kick woo me with science Dec 2012 #36
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