That was a rollercoaster. There is a lot to think about here.

The first thing that came to mind was the creation of United Artists in 1919. A group of creatives decided that they didn't want to rely on the studios to dictate the projects being made.

This is the only way forward in my mind. A group of creatives banding together to create something new. I think the streamer culture has the potential. As it stands, it is predominantly made up of clicks, views, subscriptions based around sponsors, unboxings, giveaways, reviews of products. There is a vacuum of originality in the world.

How do I speak for myself on a platform that demands conformity? No foul language. No violence. No sexuality. Or you don't get paid. I don't know if the system can change from within. There needs to be something new.

This decentralized system sounds like a good start. But it needs the backing of established artists to gain traction.

"Film will only become art when it's materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper."

We are getting there, but without a free platform to showcase original work, artists will always be beholden to views, subscriptions, and ads.

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Aug 7Liked by Matt Firman

Great article!

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