I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or not, yet now when I post a youtube music clip on Facebook, Facebook make it very easy for me to promote that clip with dollars. When Facebook first started I was able to get a good amount of attention just by posting things into my personal Facebook stream. Now to promote to even to my own fans, i have to pay Facebook. Example, if I don’t pay facebook 5 dollars, I have around 1 like on the YouTube clip through the “organic” Facebook feed. If I do pay 5 dollars, half way through the campaign I have 12 likes, 1 less fan, and 100 plays through YouTube. As Facebook call it, the “organic reach” well it has been reduced over time drastically, or it seems that way to me. With no legitimate recording or publishing industry left in the world, this means in order for the artist to even communicate his message to people that already agree they are fans of the artist, she or he has to pay. Its a communication fee. Facebook Adds at the moment from my view are not so expensive, for the amount of personal exposure possible. Yet as more artists and business’s realise the hard core reality of the Internet..more will pay and prices will increase, I guess. As an artist it’s good that you can be in control of your promotion, and it’s so simple to do so. Yet when the only thing an artist can sell is the live performance, where does that put the value of digital art without promotion. i guess when you spend 1000s of dollars on creation of your art, 5-10 dollars is not a lot. Yet this could become a dangerous habit. 100 plays on YouTube does not pay the artists 5 dollars through the performing rights organisations, you would be lucky to get 2 cents. One project used a youtbe clip I made, and part of my song was performed more than a million times on YouTube, and I’m yet to be paid 1 cent. So in real terms im giving something away for free, with no return possible. Consider Most YouTube revenues goto the larger redundant recording and publishing industry. Id say more than 90 percent of What is sold on Itunes is major label Stuff, and less than 1 percent of the worlds population is buying music on a regular basis. I guess these stats are a wild stab in the dark, yet how to get the real stats. Not sure how to deal with the problem of how to promote what I create on the Internet…yet I want to transmit what I create on some level. I guess as a member of the public, when you do buy music, your feeding the disease not creating a solution.
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the more i look at the net, the more i see how everything points to a central space. its kind of like a site is a town and people visit that town cause they want something. most towns are plastered with bill boards. with port holes to other towns. the thing is this. if you don’t put yourself on a bill board you end up without anyone knowing about your paradise. if you let people know about your paradise via way of bill boards your joining a process that aint so great. so the best sites on the web are sites that don’t have billboards. yet these sites tend to not be so visited. so everything has to be paid for, even peoples free time is a commodity it seems. people when they write their blogs can have an advert, so you write a blog as someone absorbs your thought and you get paid, the more that person gets paid the more bill boards they can buy. so if you have something really cool to say your going to get rich by saying that. so the more important your opinion the more wealth you have. is this such a good system ? so the most popular ideas are the best.
thoughts on the free world
so how is it possible to create something unless there is an economic incentive. linux is maybe an example of this. kind of like a system that is available to everyone at no cost. yet the people that build the system are most likely helped partly through some type of grant . so some basic incentives were maybe needed, yet i’m not sure about the evolution of this process. linux is getting used by some of the big organizations and a lot of regular software now runs on linux, so maybe the streets of the future net are not going to be plastered by bill boards. you can read up more on linux at this link. most linux users are men and not vegetarian.
in some countries they regulate the use of bill boards and adverts. looking out my window in Oslo i can’t see one bill board in site. i don’t even think the bus’s and taxi’s have mini bill boards on them. looking back at Prague, the last place i lived in. the eastern block. everywhere a billboard is it is. some peoples flat windows are covered by bill boards. the person living in the flat has no choice, cause they are renting. they can move somewhere else, that is market conditions in Prague. the version of the free world that we support. kind of like myspace and facebook, you can move to some network that is without bill-boards. yet hey where is the economic incentive for people to come to that space without bill-boards. so the cyber space for now is a festival of bill boards, we get so used to it that most most likely don’t think twice about what they are saying. yet every now and then something comes up. google have all your information and you use their great apps at no cost, up comes your next flight destination at a good price and you go with it. you just paid for another 300 bill boards. what to do ?
in the future we want buy new cars, we are most likely going to buy a software update that would re-configure the hardware. kind of like a box of mud that can change into a pot we can cook on then turn into a face mask to get all the smog out of our face. although we probably want go outside cause the pollution is going to be so bad or we’ll be busy trying to be fish (the world under water due to global warming). ok, so in the future we’ll just buy updates to make imperfections perfect. re-create the perfect world within our world, so we don’t have to deal with the real world. we want have a car, just think we are in a car and avoid real traffic. yet some are going to have to push the pedals to drive the machine for the/our pleasure. even if they are robots, eventually something is going to have to feel the effect. just like the cow someone eats has to be slaughtered, those building your updates may be living in the smog you don’t breath. to create/maintain your dream. maybe our software updates are going to be built by pigs with hands when they can no-longer build software updates we can eat them. at least the pigs would be doing something useful while they are growing up. quick lets build that farm. at least then the pigs can really take over the world.
sunday morning thoughts.