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The confusing part of all of this, and I think it points to why most of us never worried it would get this bad, is attributed to the belief that the artistic entertainment elite would never allow it.

It seems that because their monetizing fame game changed to accumulating followers and likes on social media (and preventing Twitter mob attacks) instead of just delivering art we would pay for, they jumped to virtue signaling support for their fan base demographic.

But it is a sell-out... a conflict of their artistic freedom capability.

It starts on campus, but it permeates society. I think if the artistic elite wake up to reject this crap, then the kids might too. But so many are brainwashed, it might take a generation to repair.

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I think you are right. You might be interested in this article, which describes (starting about half way down) a phenomenon called audience capture, which is just what you are pointing to, I think.

https://quillette.com/2022/07/26/stop-feeding-your-brain-junk-food/

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Yup. At times at night instead of reading my Kindle app where I have about 30 titles stacked up and waiting, I find myself watching Youtube videos. Some of it is pretty good... informative. But most of it is crap. Watching a guy catch fish in a tropical lagoon. Watching some island inhabitant building a water feature with a digging stick. Watching some cute couple narrating their travel escapades. But I also caught one that explained the advances of Elon Musk's Raptor rocket engines.

Thinking about the competition for entertainment attention. It has exploded beyond anything we can imagine. And yet here are all my books waiting to be read.

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The art elites ARE maximizing monetization. The threat of twitter-mob-induced boycotts and physical at-venue protests is very credible.

It was because the Chapelle protest at Netflix ended up being so lame that Netflix execs changed their tune: they saw more money on the side of sticking with Chapelle than with dropping him.

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Good stuff except, perhaps, the bit by Pamela Paul. The New York Times has proven over and over that they cannot be trusted.

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The news automatically becomes the real world for the TV user and is not a substitute for reality, but is itself an immediate reality. -- Marshall McLuhan

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Brava! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

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