Earlier this month, Kristen Lamb blogged: A Culture Addicted to FREE: How Free is Poisoning the Internet and Killing the Creatives.
It’s a good, thought-provoking article.
The mentality of wanting something for nothing isn’t new. It’s tempting, isn’t it? Who doesn’t want something for free or get a good deal on it? I know deep down inside of me there’s a desire for it to be sure! Especially when we’re on a tight budget!
I recognize it, but push it aside. I aim to do the opposite.
But I don’t think this is just limited to the creatives. There’s a growing sense of take-take-take, but not enough giving back in the world today. And this wanting something for nothing is not just in regards to products or services we pay for, but also volunteers. I am a sucker for volunteering. That’s one of my “giftings”. Ha! We give freely of our time and energy, but if we aren’t careful, we’ll run ourselves into the ground.
But back to the creatives at work. It’s hard to put a price tag on art. People work really hard to produce something we enjoy and we can never know how much work (and mental anguish!) that goes into something until we’ve experienced it. With the ease of sharing art out in cyberspace (music, photos, artwork, stories, craft, recipes, etc), it’s easy to forget the work involved or that it is someone else’s livelihood. After reading Lamb’s Rise of the Machines: Human Authors in a Digital World, I am very curious to see how social media and cyberspace will influence our ever-increasing interconnected world and what that will do for the creatives.