Why the Internet Is LIKE THE COSMIC MOTHER HOLDING EARTH in her hands
giving YOU her beloved CHILD, everything you need to MAKE the planet PERFECT
HER INTERNET is Ground Zero
in the DAWNING of Global Consciousness
The internet has become our cosmic mother --the Mom who finally had to make her appearance on earth. A Female Messiah. Like a mother, her arms are open to all, she listens to everyone and makes sure your siblings listen to you, respect you, read you. she allows you to teach and be taught. She allows you to earn a living without costly rent to a landlord. She gives you the freedom to roam at will, nay she gives you a credit card to take you to any country in the space of a google or tweet. She trusts that you will seek out and befriend worthy netchums, not those net bums that are out there. In exchange for your being great and using her magical 'permanent credit card, Mother Internet will feed you, clothe you, make you known to every corner of the world, and thru your own ingenious good works, help you take care of not only her own grandchildren but all grandchildren even to generations unborn. Mom knows that dangerous things are out there, famine, recession, disease, toxic foods. Mom knows what dangerous people are out there, politicians, banksters, seeking to repress, kill, destroy, take all the wealth for themselves. Mom gives you every chance to protect yourself against invasion by them with her lists of stuff to avoid, how to heal ... and her fabulous, motherly firewalls.
The Internet is ground zero in the global consciousness war, between
those entrenched forces that want to control consciousness and manage
perception, to maintain their power and market share, and those other
constituencies who represent a range of outsider perspectives. We are in
a new kind of Renaissance - a creative entrepreneurial gold rush.
Thanks to Mom, artists put their films in the tube. We cite one group of
Hollywood studio grips who worked on a top show, saw how it was done
and made their own pilot, put it on the net, showed it to UK producers and
got funded to do a real SAG/ UNION pilot for distribution over there. So the
old mechanisms for distributing and marketing TV or independent films have
broken down. The model of a new independent film debuting at a festival
like Sundance or Toronto, then getting a decent deal with a distribution
company that takes the film off the filmmakers' hands and brings them
success and some financial reward has become a distant fantasy.
Nowadays, very few films get such deals, and even when they do, the
movies rarely pay back their investors, reward the creators, or make
much of an impact in the mainstream.
In the new model that is still emerging, the creative energy of the
filmmakers no longer ends with the completion of the film, but continues
to be drawn upon for the entire life cycle of the project. The
distribution and marketing of the film become a direct extension of the
process of making it, and the creativity extends to every aspect of
promoting, marketing, packaging, distributing, and showing it. On one
side, this means that the artist can no longer be naive about business,
or distanced from it, and hope to survive. He has to bone up on the
ways we MERCHANDISE ourselves and our product, not just
our films, but they ARE, after all, the most persuasive 'reach out' you
can hand those lower down the ladder. Buddha told us to assuage
pain and stupidity, ignorance, he called it. That is our permanent job
down here. Yeah to be a wise ass, maybe, but hey... if it wakes the
sleeping slobbering masses up and gears them up to be non violent
activists who correct the multiple evils we see now, it's a good thing.
Artists have to become business savvy, and ...on the other side, the
business people have to become more like artists, sorting through all
sorts of radical possibilities that didn't even exist a few years ago.
In the film world and other cultural areas, business is becoming more
like art, and art is becoming more inseparable from business. Art
purists may feel this is a bad thing; although it is a bit exhausting
for the creative person who might like to retreat to his studio, I like
these new developments and find them promising as well as exciting.
We are in a new kind of Renaissance - a creative entrepreneurial gold
rush. These days, at least half of the musicians and directors I meet
seem to be developing "technology plays," new software systems and
mechanisms for creating revenue and making their projects stand out in a
blizzard of seemingly infinite options. The entire situation is
maddening in it's intricate convoluted complexity, but also fascinating.
In the breakdown of the old models, media has become incredibly liquid,
like mercury that runs everywhere and can coagulate into any form, at
least momentarily, before it flows away again.
The model of a discrete 90 minute film as the ultimate goal is beginning
to give way as well. While theatrical release remains a happy outcome,
many films, especially documentaries, may soon become more amorphous
"projects," where the outtakes, extras, YouTube clips, video blogs,
Twitter feeds, Facebook fan pages, etcetera, plus whatever comes next to
replace these evanescent things, are integrated from the outset as
elements of the creative vision of the whole. In the new model of
independent self-distribution, films are conceived of as campaigns
similar to political campaigns that need to mobilize the support of
their audience even before they are finished, if possible. So sign up
for digital camera 101, then cartooning/ scanning, then documentary
making. Slowly use your Momma go take every net webinar out there.
Or to make the moola to ingress in a real college or trade school. Just
using the internet, I found that where as two, terrific colleges exist near
me, identical seeming in every way, one is 500$ a semester for 20 units
(goodluck) the other is $5,000 a year. PIERCE vs. CSUN . Now with
your new website, you could probably afford EITHER!
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