A Million Little Cuts

There is a musician in Jonathan Franzen’s novel ‘Freedom’ that describes his job as a chiclet salesman. No matter what goes into the production of a single song, the market value is predetermined at $0.99. A value that seems to exist outside of what we might imagine a market economy to be – prices determined by supply, demand, quality, etc. – and where revenue largely accrues to the owners of marketplaces versus the artists themselves. Continue reading A Million Little Cuts