I'm at work, and although our internet policy allows "limited blogging" (huh? really?), I'm not sure this falls under that statment. I'm going to write this very quick, so I apologize if I miss anything or am unclear.
Somewhat Briefly But Not Really:
- In terms of what is going through these peoples heads when purchasing these things, and my understanding of it. Like I said, it's a judgment on my part. I own it. I feel very passionately about "love the art, respect the artist". The artist is a person, treat them as such. Since music seems to be moving towards a more intimate setting overall, this is becoming more important. Even the power imbalance. Treat each other as people. Worship the music, the art, let it fill your life. Do not let your image of the creator of said art do the same thing. What people are paying for crosses this line (this very, very blurry line, especially in this case) in my opinion, in a few examples. I don't see how hero worship (ideally the healthy kind, you could argue) didn't come into play as part of their reason for buying.
Do these auctions encourage that behavior, or not? Can the "I'm not your bitch" statment hold up when on the other hand allowing fans to indulge in such a way? These are questions and not judgments, I want to know what you all think.
- In terms of the paid webcast being exploitation, if you go with that argument, then charging money for anything that isn't currently being charged is exploitation. The idea is a new model, and what I'm trying to discuss. I suggested it because I see it as being much much cleaner and more sustainable than relying on the hardcores to pay large amounts of money for (limited) items. And it would be much more applicable to other artists.
Musings, to answer your question bluntly I wouldn't "worry" about either of those things (
), but replace "buying a CD" with "buying a webcast" and you'll see my point. The second part of your statment could be applied to virtually anything you would charge for. The idea would to be to make it affordable and fair, and still have the cash head directly to the artist. Instead of providing something for free that relies on hardcores for sustainablility.
- Incidentally, the paid webcast isn't my idea, it's Jack Whites, bundled with a whole concept: http://www.wired.com/underwire/2009/07/jack-whites-third-man-records-opens-the-vault-to-subscribers/
Check it out. I'm insanely curious to see the financial rewards.
- Good discussion. Apologies if I've offended, particularly with the use of the word fanatic. Like I said, I feel strongly about giving artists due respect, especially with the wonderful direction music seems to be taking (more personal interaction, which can be easily ruined by people overdoing it, see Tegan and Sara and what they were forced to do regarding their fan base).