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Published:March 6th, 2008 17:23 EST
Media Is The Masses: Philanthropomorphizing The Arts

Media Is The Masses: Philanthropomorphizing The Arts

By Sean Stubblefield

Too many people underestimate the power they have to make things happen.

Art relies heavily (and symbiotically) on audience participation-- more than most people realize, and not just aesthetically.

Movies, TV shows, books, music ? each of these lives or dies depending on the form and extent of support by means of promotion, distribution and compensation.

A huge amount of movies, shows, books and music don`t find a wide audience ? languishing in obscurity ? because they lack adequate promotion, distribution and compensation.


Things cost money, and it seems that the bulk of audiences have become one sided in this point. They readily take, with little thought of giving-- beyond not having to, and getting away with not paying. This kind of audience apathy, greed and selfishness reveals a lack of respect and appreciation for the creation, the creator and the creative process.

How much do you really want or like the creation if you have the means, but aren`t willing to commit or contribute to it in some way? Most people are of the mindset of, why pay for it if I can get it for free? ?.

If it isn`t free (or nearly so), most people tend to do without; often considering the arts ? frivolous ? merely trifling amusement to pass time or occupy boredom.

The internet has conditioned an expectation of things for free, so many people want-- feel entitled-- to receive something for nothing. Unwilling to reciprocate by putting their money where their mouth is, to support creativity.

But if it doesn`t get paid, it doesn`t get made.

So whether a potential audience refuses to pay or the creator doesn`t charge a fee, creators often aren`t getting compensated financially.

If creators can`t expect financial reciprocity for the time, effort and ingenuity they put into making things, then most of them will have insufficient means or incentive to create. Even if money isn`t a motivating factor in the creation, money is a practical necessity for creator expenses. Many creators don`t expect or see profit, needing only the money required for their art. They aren`t making art for money, but they must make enough money for art.

Without proper funding, many creators will be less inclined and less able to create due to money and time restrictions.


Assuming enough people ever notice these creations, and can access them.

How can creators establish general public attention and awareness if their creations are not being presented and promoted in general public venues? If people don`t know about it, they can`t partake. Even if an audience does know about it, if people can`t get to it or it can`t get to them ? it isn`t gotten.

Most movies appearing at film festivals will be seen and heard of by few people outside festivals. A lot of online movies which few will ever know about, and even fewer will see. The degree to which we want and get our art will be demonstrated and defined by how much we are willing and able to support it.


Currently based in Houston Texas, Sean Stubblefield graduated Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Television Production. A philosopher poet, Stubblefield has been writing non-fiction for 15 years, and has penned eight books to date. His first book, Paradox: A Journey Inside Out is available today at

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