Let’s take Warren Ellis, for example. Assume Warren’s dark heart improbably beats on, allowing him decades to build his awful ideological army. There will come a day when Warren will say “behold, people, this thing is good, and not at all testicle or piercing oriented. If you pay a dollar for a download of it, you will not be disappointed.” Granted, the profit margins will be small, but that’s the direction we’re heading in anyway. The massive scores off network hits were inflated, a brief, beautiful Golden Age of Filthy Money which I doubt will naturally recur. In the future, nobody gets rich, but everybody gets paid.
Yes, I basically just said that Oprah is a neo-network. Go ahead, argue with me. Is Dick Wolf a network? JJ Abrams? Is Kiefer Sutherland? Who do you trust to entertain you?
This is very interesting. He’s very correct in many respects. But MammothMedia, that creaky monster, dies hard. I know an absolutely brilliant and unique talk radio talent who can’t get a job anywhere. And he doesn’t deserve just any job. He should be national so people can kneel at his feet to touch the hem of his garment. Talent just isn’t enough for anyone in any field. There’s a lot of fucking noise out there. How to break through that is the question of the new age.
And, yes, initially nobody will get rich, but then it’ll become like Musical Chairs: this time it’s my turn to get rich, next time it’ll be yours. Which is still a hell of a lot better than the current We’re-Gonna-Screw-You-
In-The-Ass-For-The-Next-Seven-Years, Just-Sign-Here system.