Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

Net Neutrality and the Arts

Arts managers trying to balance the answers to the fifteen cultural experience management questions we need to be cognizant of policies and business practices that impact our craft. When constantly shifting to maintain a balance between audiences, income, and access future successful organizations will need to offer value in non-traditional ways. Net Neutrality has the potential to roadblock an avenue to other audiences. Additionally, Net Neutrality threatens a major source of inspiration, collaboration, and production of creative people producing art. This stifling of creative avenues threatens the value of our product.

Read more about the comments America’s leading Arts Organizations shared on the FCC Net Neutrality public forum here.


3 comments on “Net Neutrality and the Arts

  1. sobashhere
    September 26, 2014

    Thank you for sharing this article on net neutrality, a rather impactful, interesting issue concerning the arts. I agree net neutrality is crucial to maintaining an individual voice for artists online apart from a hierarchy. We value the internet as a crucial source for engaging audiences of all different communities, regarding socioeconomic statuses and distances. The online realm has become an essential aspect of education for the arts; used for instance as a means to show comrades what modern dance is, what murals in another part of the world look like, the literature of people across the world. Blogging is a dynamic platform to promote vast communication. Where will we be without net neutrality, how will all the fields within the art umbrella be affected? It is imperative artists at all levels of their career may participate in the online conversations of today’s art without money deterring what makes it on the web.

  2. jessicamallow
    September 26, 2014

    I actually looked at this article for my Technology in the Arts class, shortly after we’d attended an ICANN presentation. ICANN makes decisions for their company (which controls, basically, the internet!) based on a global majority opinion from input of all types of people. if the internet belongs to the people, then it should continue to belong to the people in all forms. While that statement may be biased by my personal opinion, I do believe that the article is correct when it projects about the the possible outcomes of limiting access to certain people based on these external factors. The arts may lose a very significant sense of free will, creativity and voice.

  3. benjamendouglas
    September 28, 2014

    If anyone ever has questions about Net Neutrality (which has much more creative aka’s), John Oliver’s segment is excoriating, excruciatingly funny, and highly informative. Worth every second:

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