“The thing the corrosive critics want you to believe is that the sentence ‘Almost nothing will work.’ which is obviously true, is the same as the sentence, ‘Nothing will work.’ which is completely false.” - Clay Shirky
The Journal EPISODE: 9
31 MAY 2013
My Love for You EPISODE: 8
27 NOVEMBER 2012
The Bystanders EPISODE: 6
5 OCTOBER 2012
Field of Dreams EPISODE: 5
27 SEPTEMBER 2012
Superman Isn't Brave EPISODE: 4
19 SEPTEMBER 2012
Where's My Party? EPISODE: 3
11 SEPTEMBER 2012
Zombies Bad, Chubby Good EPISODE: 2
31 AUGUST 2012
My Comics Aren't for Kids EPISODE: 1
15 AUGUST 2012
15 JULY 2012
For those that haven’t heard of Ari Emanuel, here’s a little bit from his Wikipedia entry.
Ariel “Ari” Zev Emanuel (born March 29, 1961) is an American talent agent and co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor (WME), a leading entertainment and media agency. He was a founding partner of the Endeavor Agency and was instrumental in shaping its June 2009 merger with the William Morris Agency.
Emanuel is a big time bigwig agent in the entertainment industry. He was interviewed for All Things D recently and I encourage you to watch the whole thing if you can stomach it. I don’t pirate anything but watching this guy speak so smugly about “Premium Content” is almost enough reason to start.
In a nutshell, Emanuel supported SOPA and would love for Google, Twitter, and Facebook to remove all links to illegally distributed copyrighted material. Let’s try to forget for a second that it would be almost impossible for Google or any other company to do so effectively. It wouldn’t do a damn thing to stop piracy. And it would give the power to regulate the most important communications tool ever to the entertainment industry.
The opposing side, and by opposing I mean the people currently paying for content and making it possible for the entertainment industry to exist, just want a better experience. They want to be able to see Game of Thrones without having to pay $90 - $120 a month to Comcast for a bunch of stuff they don’t care about. And personally, I’d rather not wait until season 2 is airing before I can watch season 1 on iTunes.
This feels completely broken. And if anyone in the entertainment industry is looking for a way to side step this land mine, just make it a better experience for those trying to pay you. HBO has the right to set these terms. I’m not arguing that. I’m simply pointing out that more and more, everyday, these terms are becoming bad business.
Ari (can I call you Ari?), you should be afraid of piracy. But there is something far more dangerous to your bottom line. The internet and digital media has dropped the cost of copying and distributing movies, TV, and pretty much anything, to basically zero. But it’s also making the creation and distribution of content much more accessible to everyone. More people are making awesome stuff than ever before. It’s the most exciting time to be a maker of things. And this is what you should be afraid of.
A short term threat to the “entertainment industry” . But the bigger threat is the onslaught of high-quality (and not so high-quality) independent media that is coming in the next 5 years. Your audience is about to get 500 new things to watch, read, and play. You only need to browse Kickstarter to catch a glimpse of what the future will look like. People will pay for “Premium Content”. They just won’t be paying Ari Emanuel.
25 JUNE 2012
I feel a little insane debuting a blog in the middle of 2012. The rise of the bloggers happened over a decade ago. In a world of tweets, instagram, and 1 sentence emails, asking people to read more than 3 sentences seems like a lot ask.
And I’m afraid. I’m afraid it won’t be that good. I’m afraid this won’t be worth 3 minutes of your time. I’m afraid that for all my talent, enthusiasm, and persistence, I might not make anything great.
Technology makes it really easy to peek at anyone’s life. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. But I think we need a little more than that. I don’t know about you but mindlessly clicking through profile pictures leaves me with a sad, sweaty film in my brain.
The truth is, I just want to be moved. I think everyone does. We want to be moved by the works of others. Sometimes, we need to be moved by what we make and do ourselves. But mostly, we just want to be moved.
So, I’m trying to let go of my safety blanket here. Being moved isn’t always about being inspired and feeling good. No one makes fun of the stuff I never show them but protecting it from imaginary mean feedback tastes an awful lot like failure.
Long before Rivers Cuomo took a swan dive from grace, he wrote this:
I’ve got electric guitar.
I play my stupid songs.
I write these stupid words.
And I love every one!
Waiting there for me. Yes, I do.
I almost cry every time I sing along to that. Making things I’m proud of is really hard for me. It’s hard. It can take a long time and a lot of work. But caring too much what other people think, wears me down and let’s me shrug my shoulders and convince myself I didn’t really care about making something awesome, did I?
And now is the part where I tell you I’ve learned my lesson. I’ve grown up. I’ll never do it again. But I will. And that’s okay. Because I wrote these stupid words. And I love every one. Yes, I do.