One of the things that I’m taking from William Deresiewicz in the newly-released, The Death of the Artist: How Creators Are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech, is that there are really two narratives that have emerged in the conversation about technology and the arts.
On the one hand, the narrative of creativity that says that “everyone is an artist” because they have access to the tools of artistic expression. On the other hand, you have professional, practicing and, quite often, poor artists who, having spent years learning and honing their tools and talent, wondering what and where their place actually is.
Who gets to call themselves artist, author, musician, dancer in a world where we can all, through the use of technology, find some levels of proficiency in all of these areas.
I think that this is an important question that leads to, perhaps, a broader inquiry into the importance of art and the artist in our current age.