A great post by Honour McMillan yesterday left me feeling like I had, in my glib way, been a little unclear about my thoughts on my last post about SaveMe and Dan.
so....that’s easy to clear up, and, though Honour says she doesn’t have the patience for this discussion, I certainly do....and that discussion is...?? ...
When does ‘sponsorship’ of the Arts become exploitation?
This is certainly a subject which, after years of making art in RL, has come often to the fore. I have personally lost track of how many freebies I’ve done on thin promises and “great opportunities”.. and I am not bemoaning that, I continue to do freebies.
I fully understand that sponsorship by companies is often a two-way street, I wasn’t born yesterday.
What I do object to, personally, is when companies, and rich individuals, use Artists, (well me, specifically) without any payment. Unlike painting the Sistine Chapel, many artists are expected/offered work where they even buy their own paints and other materials.... like in SL.
So I feel that Dan’s outburst at the LEA opening is justified. LL has done nothing for artists for 6 or 7 years except charge them tier and now wants free machinima to use for PR.
Good... but I think the artists should be paid, when you consider how many millions of dollars the Lab makes each month.... what would a PR company charge them? What do their PR employees earn per month? .......No cash prize?
I know that it is often just a token payment, a prize, but it is a public recognition that the Art has a commercial value too.It's like bringing flowers to a dinner party hostess...sorta good manners.
There are some people who seems to think that rules are OK. That’s fine. Many of what we now consider to be great artists, however, broke all the rules. Breaking rules is what changes the status quo, it’s what artists do ... well, those that aren’t merely going through the motions.
If we don’t put what little pressure we can on the established perception of art in SL and continually question the narrow-minded censorship of what is and isn’t permissible ... no one else will.. I don't really think there are many rules I would not question, push against and criticise, especially when it comes to Content in The Internet Age.
.. and the Linden’s aren’t gonna suddenly say......Megas are OK really, unless we continue to nag them.
Some recent blogging about SL suggests nothing has happened, and everything is fine. To read them you would think nothing has changed. I am not sure whether they are just in denial or so uninformed about the general decline of SL that they cannot see it.
72 sims lost this month equals another $250,000 per annum. Elf Clan’s move to InWorldz is a major event which Rodvik found out about through Twittering...too late...
The negativity which some of us have been tarred with is a natural reaction. Standing by while a leading tech company pisses it’s credibility down the drain could be fine, if I hadn’t invested time and energy through my artistic endeavours and financial support.
Well, I have, I did, and They pissed it away...
... So...yes, I’m annoyed.... v annoyed.
.... not negative.