Amanda Palmer has been making the rounds this week on the interwebs. She’s a semi-famous punk musician who has made some interesting comments on the future of music. If you haven’t seen her yet, check it out.
I really really like her energy and clarity. In fact I think I cried a bit the first time I watched this talk. I really connected with the way she processed the “is this fair” and “get a job” voices — I struggle constantly with getting over myself and being real and I liked her framing of asking as an art form.
I also liked her counter-intuitive conclusion for the music industry: the question isn’t how to get people to pay for music, but how to get people to want to pay for music. I think we can all agree that large scale collections of connected people clearly have different interaction models and I consider Ms. Palmer’s future of music to be important work in helping to figure out that new social terrain.
All that said, I find radical transparency and soul-baring to have their own complicated social inequities (um, not everyone can crowdsurf at the same time..). Punk rock and couch-surfing have a gimmicky charm, and like some of the other experiments in the new connected social spaces — crowdfunding, wikipedia, crowdsourcing, and other crowd-wisdoms — they seem more like new inputs than full-fledged answers.
So I say god bless Louis CK, and Mrs. Neil Gaiman — I will follow their experiments closely. While they provide a cool counterpoint to the world of “get a job” I guess sometimes I want to sleep in my own bed and hang out with actual friends.