A line is a dot that went for a walk.Paul Klee
The obvious is boring, yet effective.
The abstract is more exciting, yet potentially unlikeable. But those that do get it appreciate it far more.
Obscurity drives the artist to make things mostly for the niche. That niche then becomes responsible for legitimizing the artist.
When weird becomes popular and cool, creativity faces resistance. The artist gets distracted by fame and tries too hard, or just conforms to their own hype. When you’re unknown, you set your own expectations and create freely.
Reaping the benefits of anonymity while striving for some recognition manufactures the artist dilemma, one that is lost or won in the freedom of work.
Theft is an estimation of demand.
Despite the fact that content providers have made it easier and more affordable to consume content online, primarily through streaming, people still steal stuff on the Internet because it’s easy and it feels free. “Everyone is doing it.”
But mass consumption means a lot of the stuff that gets stolen also gets trashed or ignored.
Value resides in the stuff worth keeping.
The paradox of free is a devaluation of the product. The product is just the marketing vehicle for upselling other stuff (events, tickets, merchandise, etc); basically the stuff that’s tangible and much harder to steal.
Free is a large market that creates other sales opportunities. The paid market is much harder to convert.