[iDC] THE ANTI WEB 2.0 MANIFESTO (Andrew Keen)
admin at klooj.net
Thu Apr 26 20:27:44 EDT 2007
I wonder if I might redirect this topic slightly and if the list might
respond in a kind of "organized enquiry".
Preamble: Whether amateur or professional, lo or hi brow, there are
structures of validation in creative, cultural matters. As someone who works
within hi art structures of validation daily, I can assure you that these
structures are very much intact and not at all worried about the Web,
amateurs or any of that (rendering the so-called "manifesto" of the
imaginary "Mr. K" moot, and fluffy moot at that :)
Topic: What I'm wondering about is the relationship between validation and
what I'll call "agency," taken quite literally, in the sense of talent or
sports agents, where someone (or something) represents another (the
"talent"), managing their production toward the end of maximizing
opportunities and rewards.
Within virtual environments, agency can have a complicated technological
meaning (not my enquiry). For example, I am here speaking to you, a learned
group people I would not otherwise have met because the list-serv software
and methodology effectively acts as my "agent", negotiating an opportunity
for my "talent" to earn "rewards." (now if it would only send you a bill!
Caveat: But that's not what I want to get at, or not entirely. I don't want
you to get bogged down in technology. I am interested in how "agency" works
in a broader sense, multiplying and accelerating efficacy, creating
"capital" as it were within all kinds of environments.
At what pont does the creative person benefit from an agent? (Does agency
necessarily come only after success, when it is really about success
management rather than talent management?)
Would all artists (and all creative people actually) benefit from "agents?"
What happens if everyone has an agent?
How do we determine who (or what) is the "best" agent?
Can "best" agents work equally for everyone without becoming "lesser"
If you know of other resources on this concept of "agency" it would be great
if you could let me know.
- Robert Labossiere
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