Will we drown in a Sea of Mediocracy? / The Future of the Newspaper Companies in the Age of Social Media

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The Movie

Just recently I watched the Movie “PressPausePlay”, an Open Source movie with famous artists like Moby, Seth Godin, and then also some less famous up-and-coming ones. It talks about the future and current state of Art – Music, Movies, Texts and how they are produced and how people could potentially live from it.

It makes several statements:

  • free ideas spread faster and wider than those that require payments
  • everybody can contribute now and art is becoming democratized

Based on this it also raises some questions:

  • Do we drown in a sea of mediocracy if everybody shares and most of them do not have talent?
  • Also unknown artists can potentially make a living out of music and become famous now more easily as opposed to before – the (music / film / …) industry as a gatekeeper is dead

The best example of those theories are the ones in the movie and also the (open source and free) movie itself Рcheck it out for yourself on vimeo (see below) or on their website www.presspauseplay.com

PressPausePlay from House of Radon on Vimeo.

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Newspaper boxes (source (1))

The Questions

I also took these questions to a barcamp on Social Media and even went one step further: if it is possible to still make money in different way with music (e.g. pay-what-you-want, concerts) and books (publish online free and pay for hardcopy) as proven in the movie – what about newspapers and journalism? How can people live off that in the future? What is the role of Social Media in this? Continue reading Will we drown in a Sea of Mediocracy? / The Future of the Newspaper Companies in the Age of Social Media