Friday, May 11, 2012

13 ways of looking at selling out

Okay, the title is a bit of lie. This post is actually three ways people have debated the notion of selling out in the last few years. I've put them here for easy reference for those looking to write a trend piece. Plus here is a picture of a blackbird for those who got the reference.

The first is a historical perspective
I still believe it’s crucial for a young band to make smart decisions when partnering a song with a product. Because that’s what it is. You are marrying something precious you made to a product.
The second is a reminder that yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as selling out:
My response? The New Yorker, Slate and Open Culture are being trendy. They're wearing brogues and short tight trousers and playing double keyboards in the indie band of intellectuality. They're being fashionably unstodgy by jumping on the bandwagon of saying selling out no longer exists.
The third is the argument that your artistic development does not occur in a vacuum, which means that selling out is not a victimless crime:
The sellout law also draws attention to the fact that when a band sells their music, they’re also selling something that’s not entirely theirs. They’re profiting from not just their individual work, but the communal work of the anti-profit punk community – the bands that influenced them and the people that provided feedback. 
Here is a drawing of a stapler. Goodnight.