Culture and Art # 8: Independence in The Information Age

6 Feb

When it comes to Art and Culture, there’s many different ways to hear about Art in the Information Age. Does it mean that every artist out there is good? There are things that help people know and see your work. If you are a major artist, there are commercials made with big tech and help sell your work. You could book readings at bookstores and then have a Q&A (As an aside, David Foster Wallace detested the Q&A of a reading so much that he asked not to have them, because he felt his answers weren’t good enough and he didn’t want to disappoint people, but answered much to his disliking). This is the touring aspect of a famous artists, and being adored in the media and never asked hard questions at all. 

            Academics usually got by on teaching while they wrote in there spare time, and they get to discuss the work of those who came before. The Boomers and Gen-Exer’s, if they failed, had devastating consequences to there psyche. If you failed in Hollywood or the publishing industry, your career was over. You were going to miss out on opportunities that might never happen again.

            But with the Information Age, this is not true anymore. This may piss off a lot of A list celebrities that they have to be paid top dollar to be famous, which isn’t the case anymore. I think being famous is a waste if you can’t be yourself, on the page and in real life. I see myself in writing, back in the day, too, and I sought to not compromise on my writing. But publishers and bosses always expect compromise, because you think they have the power to help you get read. Also, you could just talk for hours and not really have to answer questions at all, but a lot of people who have super chats, who ask questions, can be read too.  

            The Information Age, after its birth August 1st, 1991 to the public, is why the world can see so many people at the same time. I thought that it was about what people thought politically. It is that to a certain degree, but the Information Age allowed people like Dmitry Glukovsky, the creator of the Metro trilogy, to be read online, for free to download in Russia. It was a massive success story for Glukhovsky and when the books were optioned for video games, it spawned new life too. Three successful games, all critically acclaimed by fans and industry alike. (For any information on Metro and the games, and books, here is a link to the game website, where you can find out where to buy the books. https://www.metrothegame.com/books/)

            But this wouldn’t have happened if he was on a big publisher. I tend to suspect anyone who doesn’t have an Internet presence (unless it’s Thomas Pynchon or JD Salinger RIP) because it’s there right not to have one. If you want to isolate yourself, don’t go on the Internet. But for smaller independent artists, they can’t afford to not have a presence. 

            There’s talk of pandering to political sides, but I want to pander for Art. Sentences. Things that are important to me. If you paint, you should know how to combine colors. But for a social media presence, that I think escapes people, because it’s out in the open. Self publishing remains a viable option when most mainstream publishers don’t want to publish artists with eccentric views anymore, or they don’t fit the bill with standards the artists do not fit anymore.         

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r72d88srG0g

            For the youtuber and independent artist, be it a novelist, painter, dancer, etc., having a way to communicate and reach people is key. It’s not easy to be talented and have no one realize who you are. It’s probably worse being talented and undiscovered than being known but then used as a punching bag by your peers and the higher ups. 

            The Information Age opened up Social Media platforms for people to express themselves, but when Facebook is trolled in GTA 5 called “Life Invader” as it makes fun of Steve Jobs (the apple phone was mocked with the word ifruit) and Mark Zuckerberg, you know the shit has hit the fan. We should have seen this coming, but when independent creators can’t use the Internet to be able to promote there published work, paintings, courses, the Information Age is approaching an end, but it should be preserved at all cost. But let’s just say Gamestop, and its investors, “put the Darwinism back in Social Darwinism.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r72d88srG0g)

            If the Information Age, born out of the Intranet, when it became released to the public, who says it can’t go back to the government? It shouldn’t and I will spend every day making sure the government is fully aware of their tyranny, but is the Information Age dependent on creators or the other way around?

            To pose the chicken or the egg theory, it means that when we need the Internet, and they can shut us down, Censorship has gone far out of hand, and no one wanted to fix it when it could be fixed. It needs to be the Information Highway again; the place where we can all yell and debate and still get along. iF we are the trend setters, we have to fight to set the trends. 

             The Information Highway is part of Art and the Culture at large. The Internet has helped me and quite a few others become stars in their own right. The Information Highway is our road to keeping Art and Culture open on all channels. The competition is growing steadier than most can expect. Celebrities are not used to independent creators voicing their own opinion, but it’s easier to think that we all have an upper hand. If we give up, we never did. Maybe it’s time we put the Darwin back in Social Darwinism?

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, The Michael Project, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno. Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/. His first fantasy novel, Come Home, Young One, is available now on Lulu.com. Link is here:

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