A nice variety of writing news for today, if I don’t say so myself.
First off, I have an essay on digital piracy published in The Curator today. Not my typical forte, I know, but I think it has deep cultural undertones that question what the value of art as a product actually is. An excerpt from “Not Your Father’s Shoplifting“:
Artists and fans have moved far beyond the confines of the law. The whole artist and fan relationship is moving forward in terms of interaction, accessibility and the use of content while the record companies and movie studios are stuck in the dark ages of physical media. Sites like Bandcamp, NoiseTrade, Vimeo and Youtube are pushing the envelope of artist/fan interaction and giving fans what they want: access to media without the hassle of annoying record companies. The sheer brilliance of NoiseTrade and Bandcamp is that it gives consumers of music what they want: music at a reasonable price.
Yet is what consumers want actually right or fair?
Two books that have been really helpful in constructing a “Turner Manifesto for Creativity” have been The Rhythom of Family and The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule. Both of these books share how one family on a farm in Maine has woven creativity into every aspect of their lives, from making their own cough drops to sewing knapsacks for hikes.
Lastly, my meditation of food ethics and Lent, “Hungering and Thirsting after Righteousness,” is featured on the blog Slow Church. Be sure to peruse some other great posts on the Slow Church blog and leave some comments.