Apparently, Someone Forgot To Tell Reality That The Entertainment Industry Was Dying
from the data,-data,-data dept
We hear it all the time: the entertainment industry legacy players insist that the world is ending, jobs are going away, and that they need new laws like SOPA and PIPA or it’s all over. That’s why SOPA & PIPA are being positioned as jobs bills. Especially popular are the major labels and the big Hollywood studios insisting that they’re really doing this not to save their own companies from having to adapt, but to protect the poor, poor indie creator, who is totally being destroyed by those evil online pirates. We hear time and time again about how it’s really the “indie” folks who are being decimated.
Funny thing: reality says otherwise.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has some pretty nice tools and a neat table of jobs in various industry sectors in 1998, 2008 and then projected in 2018. Let’s take a look at the entertainment industry, shall we?
Of course, for those of us who have been following/reporting on this for pretty much all of that time, this isn’t surprising at all. What we’ve seen is an explosion in opportunities for independent artists. Before all of this happened, it was much more difficult to be an indie artist, because the major labels and studios really were the gatekeepers. It was almost impossible to succeed without them. These days, however, it’s become a choice, and there are so many ways to succeed that don’t require the majors. It’s no wonder that many more people are making a living as an indie artist than ever before.