Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Artist Ambition

Posted by laurenivey22 on February 8, 2017

While reading the second part of Where Web 2.0 Went Wrong one of the main points and focuses of the reading that stood out to me was when it was stated that artists and corporations get upset when people don’t pay to listen to their music.

Understanding that money is a huge aspect of our society, I can see why the artist and the corporation would be upset with people getting to listen to their music without having to pay for it. Their music is their lifestyle and how they make a livelihood. Without the income, there would be no artist per say because they would have to obtain other things such as working a fast food job, or as a doctor in order to obtain their livelihood.

On the contrasting side, while I understand that money is a huge aspect of our society, the artist’s music is still being heard regardless. When someone is an artist, I imagine that their main goal would be for their music to be heard and for it to make a difference for people. They would want their music to be an escape for people, and for it to bring them joy and happiness. While money is an important aspect for these artists to make a livelihood, they should also just be happy that their music is out there for people to hear, regardless if they pay for it or not.


2 Responses to “Artist Ambition”

  1. Sean Hull said

    Though artists can’t live on good feelings alone, I do wonder how much the monetary motivation behind their work influences their art. It kind of goes back to the question, at what point does someone stop being an artist and start making stuff just for the sake of money, or are these things even mutually exclusive? If a well-known pop musician today was given patronage to produce whatever album they wanted with no need to be concerned over how well it sells, how much would it differ from an album created for a competitive music market?

  2. emilyjones232 said

    I can’t decide if I agree with the artists who want to make sure their art is compensated or with ones who leak there own music and want to make sure their music is available for everyone to hear. It’s a complicated subject.

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