How Amanda Palmer Built An Army Of Supporters: Connecting Each And Every Day, Person By Person

Amanda Palmer, TechDirt, May 07, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I know of Amanda Palmer only because of her rendition of Science Fiction Double Feature on Craig Ferguson last Halloween, which I saw on YouTube (there's a totally different version here).  But the point is, it is online and available through social media. Palmer writes, "We're entering the era of the social artist. It's getting increasingly harder to hide in a garret and lower your songs down in a bucket to the crowd waiting below, wrapped in a cloak of sexy mystery above. That was the 90s. Where an artist could be as anti-social as they wanted, and rack up cred left and right for shoe-gazing and detaching. It's over. The ivory tower of the mysterious artist has crumbled." And that's why she funded her next album (successfully) on Kickstarter.

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