As soon as one scarcity finishes, it opens up the door to every other scarcity that surrounds the one that has now been fulfilled. (that were previously out of reach)
Your argument is ‘right’ and ‘deserve’.
No one has a ‘right’ to make a living. That means even if they create our beloved arts. If you create video games for a living, you are a video games entrepreneur. It is your job to find a model to monetize your creations in the way/i> that the customer wants it, not in the way that you want to serve it. But serving them is not enough. You must serve them in a way that they will be willing to pay. Society doesn’t bend itself backwards for you. If you want my money, you serve me in a way that I will be willing to accept your services for a reasonable sum of money. There is no coercion. This is how the human empire was built.
In post-netflix world, as soon as you have sold to your customer, they compete against you. That is because advances in information-reproduction has made the industrial activity of reproducing information so infinitesimally cheap. Everyone can run a printshop for the price of a computer and an internet.
Do you know what happens when almost every person in the country runs a printing press that previously needed Hundreds of thousands of dollars to build? It creates an abundance. There is no scarcity or market demand left for the industrial activity of information-reproduction anymore. In fact it makes no sense to try and sell information-reproduction. Even if I charge $5, the bloke down the street with his printing press will do it for free. It means the market price for information-reproduction has been reduced to zero dollars (that is because price of goods tend towards marginal costs given enough time). It means if I sell it, I will probably not succeed. I will probably be outcompeted.
But fortunately human desires never end. They never end. They always desire something.
As soon as one scarcity finishes, it opens up the door to every other scarcity that surrounds the one that has now been fulfilled. (that were previously out of reach). I have listed some examples of scarcities that are still in demand.
There is also:
- Immediacy (i want it in my folder here as soon as it comes out. I will pay $3).
- Personalization (i want u to record a brand new version of this track just for me)
- Support (i want 24/7 support for this piece of software. I want online play.)
- Accessibility (i want it on all my platforms. i want it on smartphone)
- Embodiment (i want a boxed copy. i want it to line my shelf)
- Generosity (i want it bcuz u are so generous. i like how u sold me $400 worth of games for $25)
- Attention (https://sharingisliberty.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/attention-economy/)
- Patronage (i want to pay you. i like how 95% of my money goes to u)
- Transparency (same as above. i like how u tell me how much u make)
^ What if I don’t want to sell any of those? What if I can’t afford to sell any of these?
The solution is to sell your labour. Because the creation of new arts is necessarily a scarcity. You are giving birth to a piece that previously did not exist in the world. So long as fans desire your work, it will always be a scarcity in the sense that you cannot pirate it.
Readers don’t expect you to work for free, but they expect to be free to share and build upon the work after they have paid you to write it.
Quote from John Gilmore co-founder of EFF.org
“What is wrong is that we have invented the technology to eliminate scarcity, but we are deliberately throwing it away to benefit those who profit from scarcity. We now have the means to duplicate any kind of information that can be compactly represented in digital media. We can replicate it worldwide, to billions of people, for very low costs, affordable by individuals. We are working hard on technologies that will permit other sorts of resources to be duplicated this easily, including arbitrary physical objects (“nanotechnology”; see http://www.foresight.org). The progress of science, technology, and free markets have produced an end to many kinds of scarcity. A hundred years ago, more than 99% of Americans were still using outhouses, and one out of every ten children died in infancy. Now even the poorest Americans have cars, television, telephones, heat, clean water, sanitary sewers — things that the richest millionaires of 1900 could not buy. These technologies promise an end to physical want in the near future. “We should be rejoicing in mutually creating a heaven on earth!” Instead, those crabbed souls who make their living from perpetuating scarcity are sneaking around, convincing co-conspirators to chain our cheap duplication technology so that it won’t make copies — at least not of the kind of goods they want to sell us. This is the worst sort of economic protectionism — beggaring your own society for the benefit of an inefficient local industry. The record and movie distribution companies are careful not to point this out to us, but that is what is happening.”