The Internet: A Professional’s Heyday

Professionals still complain about the plethora of noise generated on the Internet by amafessionals.  They argue that the democratization of self-expression led by blogs and Twitter is overpowering their hard work.  

But the overproduction of content is making the separation between the pros and the obsessed hobbyists more clear.  

People are always searching for consistent, quality content.  That’s why major newspapers like The New York Times and The Financial Times are always going to be preferred to blogs.  They set the standard for everyday professional and trustworthy print.  

The same professionalism can be said for other democratized mediums like music and photography.  Jack White is always going to stand out versus the musician that cut a record on Garageband and distributed it on iTunes.  Similarly, your art may get elected to show in a modern museum while someone painting on the Fifty Three app never gets passed a reblog on Tumblr. 

The best content filter is knowing quality over quantity.  A majority of the quality content will continue to come from previously established institutions and artists.  If you want to stand out from the rest, do extraordinary work again and again.  Once people trust your work enough to pay for it because it keeps them interested and entertained, they will ignore the rest. 

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.