*This article is in response to the events of Taylor Swift’s Blog post and it’s impact on Apple Music*
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As a filmmaker who grew up wanting to be a computer programmer and go to silicon valley I often find my self oddly placing myself more with Silicon Valley’s values. I prefer emails vastly to phone calls. Elon Musk is my hero. And I feel like Taylor Swift’s position on music streaming is somehow unfair.
Youtube, Spotify, and Silicon Valley are vastly changing how we view content and how we pay for it. And Hollywood (including the music industry) is coming kicking and screaming. Just look at traditional TV networks.
But then on the other hand we have Taylor Swift’s post on social media changing policies of the largest company in the world. Oddly most of the people I’v heard from disagree with Taylor Swift and yet they still made the change.
So is art worth anything? Most films and music is stolen. In response, media began to become ad-supported through places like Youtube. Through these sites new artists had a place to showcase their work. In combination with the lower of high quality equipment such as the DSLR video revolution and Music being recording on computers, everyone could start making art. Now we come to today which there is an over abundance of art. Is art worth anything anymore? No and yes.
Maybe art isn’t worth can’t be measured in money. Art’s worth is measured in power. Taylor Swift will never be worth as much as Apple, but a blog post could cost them quite a lot of money.
Zachary Will is an Award-Winning Filmmaker creating short films and content for the Internet as the owner of Riverside Studios. He has a Bachelor's in Film from Full Sail University. He has worked on productions for companies like Webmd, Sears, Home Depot, Six Flags and more!
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