Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, said the amount of information we produce in two days is as much as the 20,000 years preceding 2003.
In the last thirty years, the big three TV networks went from 90 percent of the market share to 30 percent.
The Internet has forever changed the way books, movies, and music are consumed. For artists to continue producing, they need to understand the tremendous speed at which things are changing, and–rather than lament the past–find new opportunity.
This reminds me of The Simpsons episode when Lisa tells Homer the Chinese have the same word for “crisis” and “opportunity,” and Homer coins the word “crisitunity”.
That’s what we have right now–a crisitunity. People need to stop being scared and start seeing what’s possible. It’s up to the true artists and innovators to lead the way through the 21st century.
I just read about the passing of Steve Jobs, a true artist and innovator. Much will be written and said about Jobs in the weeks, months, and years to come. If you get a chance, watch the video below. It’s definitely worth your time.