art and monopolies

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

“An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.”—Nina Simone, via @PENamerican

“It seems my latest hobby is finding interesting artists to follow on Instagram. Art as a refuge etc.”Hugh MacLeod

“I studied critical thinking for my PhD thesis. What we’re missing in the world isn’t critical thinking as much as it’s listening and empathy.”@Bali_Maha

Manifestos & Monopolies@stratechery

“In this brave new world, power comes not from production, not from distribution, but from controlling consumption: all markets will be demand-driven; the extent to which they already are is a function of how digitized they have become.

This is why most Facebook-fail-fundamentalists so badly miss the point: that the company pays nothing for its content is not a weakness, it is a reflection of the fundamental reality that the supply of content (and increasingly goods) is infinite, and thus worthless; that the company is not essential to the distribution of products is not a measure of its economic importance, or lack thereof, but a reflection that distribution is no longer a differentiator. And last of all, the fact that communication is possible on other platforms is to ignore the fact that communication will always be easiest on Facebook, because they own the social graph. Combine that with the fact that controlling consumption is about controlling billions of individual consumers, all of whom will, all things being equal, choose the easy option, and you start to appreciate just how dominant Facebook is.”

“Twitter enables dialogue … it’s good for sharing visuals … the internet is a source of inspiration … either directly or indirectly, all of my work comes through Twitter”@SimonHeath1 in conversation

Image: Sample of Simon Heath’s work shared on Twitter

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