this has been an interesting discussion re: art and economics. a few people have asked privately how sales of records and books have been. they’re wondering because i have lots of twitter and FB followers (75,000 or so) i appreciate the curiosity – and in the spirit of full disclosure, i’ll say that the best selling thing i’ve done in the past 10 years has been Rat Girl and I’ve sold 15,000 or so of that. (continued)
It’s hard to use Turntable.fm and not recognize that sharing music is a very legitimate form of communication.In many ways, it’s a further manifestation of a point about culture that Julian Sanchez raised a couple years ago, about how culture is built off of shared cultural experiences. It’s the sharing part of culture that makes the culture valuable. If only you experience it, it just doesn’t have the same power. Turntable.fm’s key reason for being so addictive is that it’s one of the first operations, whether on purpose or not, that has effectively taken that key aspect of culture, and turned it into a service.
However, separate from just how Turntable.fm highlights this key point, I think it also helps explain why the legacy recording industry and many politicians have made so many wrong and counterproductive moves concerning dealing with music in the internet era. Rather than realizing that music is communication, they look at it solely as a unit of content.