It never fails. When the tools of content creation become more accessible, some who were raised under the old ways start whining and complaining about how it's "too easy" these days. The latest to fall into that trap is famed Beatles producer George Martin (thanks to John for the link) who is upset that technology has made it easier for anyone to create music these days. "With iPods, mini-recorders and all the new technology, people can lie in their bath and make a rock record." Of course, many people think that's a good thing -- but the article implies Martin is of the other opinion. This same debate has gone on covering journalism, music, photography and plenty of other content creation industries before. The usual complaint is that by making it so easy, it increases the level of bad content out there. That's absolutely true, but since we've also created the tools to better filter (whether human or technology-based) it can turn out to be much better. The "bad" content can be ignored, and people get to experience new and different content that never would have existed before. Besides, it also allows for more niche markets to thrive. Since not everyone agrees on what's "good" and what's "bad," cheaper tools of production make it easier for less mainstream creative efforts to thrive within their own communities. The only people that's really troublesome for are (oh, look at that...) those who made their living by being the "one true chooser" of what was good and what was bad.
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