Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 31st Jan 2011 15:32 UTC
Multimedia, AV Francis Ford Coppola is one of the most prestigious and critically acclaimed directors in cinematographic history. He directed, among others, the Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now, and has won so many awards it's hard to keep track. In an interview with 99%, he touched on the subject of art and making money, and his musings are fascinating, and yet another indication that the times are changing in the content industry. "Who says artists have to make money?" Coppola wonders.
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RE[4]: Comment by testman
by kuraegomon on Tue 1st Feb 2011 11:42 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by testman"
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The key is _perceived_ value. Forget "best", and think "most popular". The pro athlete/entertainer overpaid argument has always been just silly. That money _always_ comes from the consumer - therefore they've assigned a value to the entertainment they're receiving. If that's the case, I'd rather the athlete/entertainer get the bulk of those proceeds rather than the suits.

I can also guarantee that for 99% of the people on this site, if they suddenly "hit it big" for any good/service/etc. that they produced, that they wouldn't be throwing the money back. I don't have a problem with a system that allows for extraordinary financial success based on consumer demand. I just think it's important to tackle the corruption that artificially reduces the opportunities for many to achieve that kind of success. To me, leveling the playing-field doesn't mean: "I don't want anyone making more than I do for something I _personally_ don't think is that valuable". It means: "Don't restrict my opportunity to achieve that kind of success".

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