A Culture of Our Own: On the Democratizing Nature of User-Created Art Platforms

Thanks to online platforms for creating, distributing, and promoting user-created content, and with the arrival of user-driven monetization, independent and amateur creators are in greater control of their work than ever before.

Hello all! None of you expressed any preferences or opinions in last week’s open forum, so I’m just gonna keep doing my own thing.

I want to tell you a story of my teen and pre-teen years. It started with Shakira and 50 Cent, and ended it with Fall Out Boy at their peak and Lady Gaga just beginning to explode.

Despite those groups getting tons of airplay and radio play, from Cry Me a River to Paparazzi, I didn’t know many people who were into that stuff. Mainstream music and radio was a thing that “other” people liked. Throughout middle school, my friends and I were digging Linkin Park, Good Charlotte, Story of the Year, Evanescence, lostprophets, and others.

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