the new elite media
A few incidents:
- Blogger and journalist Andrew Sullivan has gone independent. He is no longer attached to a newspaper or magazine. For $25 a year you have full access to his web site.
- Comedian Louis C.K. distributes his latest comedy through his website, bypassing promoters.
- “Fratire” author Tucker Max bypasses print publishers and goes solo.
- Art world star Damian Hirst, and others, abandon art dealer Larry Gagosian and go solo.
Notice a pattern? It’s this: elite cultural producers no longer need brokers. The world of culture is now showing signs of bifurcating between elites who self manage and everyone else. Those at the top of the game can earn more than enough as independent contractors. The rest are stuck with middle men, whether they are tour promoters. Hollywood agents, or editors. How will this affect the academic world?