Leaves Lady Gaga in the Dust

by on May 11, 2010 · 9 comments

In their 2006 Cato Policy Analysis, Amateur-to-Amateur: The Rise of a New Creative Culture, Gregory Lastowka and Dan Hunter wrote about how the functions that make up the creative cycle—creation, selection, production, dissemination, promotion, sale, and use of expressive content—are undergoing revolutionary decentralization and disintermediation.

The only thing professional in the clip below was the writing of the song. It deserves its credit, but the performance itself, production of the video, its selection, dissemination, and promotion (Twitter users, YouTube) are all amateur or amateur supported by a professionally managed, ad-supported platform.

Watch it a second time to take in the reactions of the girl sitting in front of the map. If you like, compare it with the tacky, overproduced, and flat “professional” video.

This is amateur entertainment that rivals any professional production, in part because it’s amateur. Assuming this performer dedicates himself further to his craft, he can rival or surpass anything put out by yesterday’s professionals.

(And, yes, I’m waiting to learn that I’ve been duped by some clever marketing scheme, but I hope this is real.)

  • http://www.techliberation.com Adam Thierer

    Wow, that is absolutely horrible. I want to gouge my ears out with forks.

  • Mike_Wendy

    I differ with Adam on this. Over the years I've had 4-tracks and 8-tracks and now Pro Tools recording hardware / software – I have been waiting for this explosion of voice. The tools out there so-democraztize the creation and dissemination of expression, it trully blows me away.

    Some would have us believe that we live bereft of local voices / expression. They're wrong. They're peddling scarcity and regulation as an answer.

  • Jim Harper

    I know Adam, and he's crying inside because it's so beautiful. Let it out, Adam.

  • Heather

    I had a hard time watching the video. it gave me a headache with it moving all around like that. http://www.self-storage-search-engines.com/

  • Jim Harper

    Really, “Heather”? You take the time to look at the video? Why not just type “Thanks for the informations! I subscribe to site.” before including your spam link?

  • http://techliberation.com/author/berinszoka/ Berin Szoka

    Adam's just bitter because his days in the Indiana Boys Choir are no more. Ah, to be a Hoosier boy soprano again!

  • Heather

    I had a hard time watching the video. it gave me a headache with it moving all around like that. http://www.self-storage-search-engines.com/

  • Jim Harper

    Really, “Heather”? You take the time to look at the video? Why not just type “Thanks for the informations! I subscribe to site.” before including your spam link?

  • http://techliberation.com/author/berinszoka/ Berin Szoka

    Adam's just bitter because his days in the Indiana Boys Choir are no more. Ah, to be a Hoosier boy soprano again!

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