Thursday, September 10, 2015

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Why You Should Be Suspicious of the 'Creative Economy'

The School of Visual Arts<br>
A life drawing class at School of Visual Arts
Photo: Courtesy SVA
One-thousand six-hundred fifty-four.
I'm not teaching this semester, but if I were, that is the one number that I would want everyone to remember.
It is the reported number of “fine artists" sustained by the booming visual art industry in New York City (as of two years ago), according to Creative New York, a 2015 report on the health of Gotham's “Creative Economy."

The top "Creative Economy" jobs in New York<br> Image: Courtesy Center for an Urban Future
The top "Creative Economy" jobs in New York (with "Fine Artists" highlighted)
Image: Courtesy Center for an Urban Future

The School of Visual Arts enrolls about 400 in its "Fine Arts" section (graduate and undergraduate). Pratt Institute has 374. Parsons, the New School for Design, is training about 114 undergraduates and 46 grads. Cooper Union has about 280 students in its art programs, while NYU's Steinhardt school enrolls about 220 art undergraduates, plus a few dozen more in its graduate programs.
That already takes us to more than 1,400 art students, and these are just the programs I can name off the top of my head. It follows that at any given moment in New York there are many, many more artists in the process of being added to the pool than there are successful artists who have “made it" in the entire city.

...Faces Indecency Charges for Shaking Lawyer’s Hand

Imprisoned Iranian Cartoonist Now Faces Indecency Charges for Shaking Lawyer’s Hand

Already sentenced to over twelve years in prison for a controversial cartoon portraying members of the Iranian parliament as monkeys, cows, and goats, Iranian artist Atena Farghadani has now been slapped with a new indictment: According to Amnesty International Farghadani is being charged with “illegitimate sexual relationship short of adultery,” because she shook the hand of her attorney, Mohammad Moghimi, when he visited her in prison. The Art Newspaper’s Gareth Harris, who reported the news, writes that both Atena and Moghimi will go on trial for those charges. According to Harris, the Iranian Embassy in London had no comment on the matter.
The country’s revolutionary guards raided Farghadani’s home last summer and took her to Gharchak prison, as previously reported here. She was released in December, only to be rearrested a month later when she accused guards of beating and interrogating her for hours at a time. Mounting a hunger strike after being redetained, she suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized in February.


Iranian artist could see sentence extended after shaking lawyer’s hand

Atena Farghadani’s gesture has led to new charges including “indecent conduct”
by GARETH HARRIS  |  7 September 2015
Iranian artist could see sentence extended after shaking lawyer’s hand
Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani © Free Atena
The Iranian artist Atena Farghadani, who was sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison earlier this year for criticising the Iranian government, now faces further charges according to Amnesty International.

Farghadani was arrested in August last year for drawing a cartoon that mocked members of parliament. In June, a court in Tehran found Farghadani guilty of “spreading propaganda against the system” and “insulting members of the parliament through paintings”, among other charges.

She depicted Iranian parliamentarians as monkeys and goats in protest at plans to introduce two separate bills, which will outlaw voluntary sterilisation and restrict access to contraception.

But she could now face a longer sentence. Amnesty says in a statement: “Atena's lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, visited Atena in prison after her trial and shook her hand. The handshake led to charges of an 'illegitimate sexual relationship short of adultery' and 'indecent conduct' being brought against both Atena and Moghimi, who will be tried for those charges in due course.”

The statement adds: “Iran has pledged to protect free speech, including through artistic activities, as a signatory of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.” The Iranian Embassy in London declined to comment on the case. 

the resurgence of TV in the digital age

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The Surprising Endurance of the Boob Tube

Michael Wolff on the resurgence of TV in the digital age.

For two decades now, journalist and author Michael Wolff has been a thorn in the side of the media elite. As a media columnist for numerous publications, including New YorkVanity Fair, and USA Today, and author of several books, including a biography of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, Wolff has been sharply critical of the business and editorial decisions of all kinds of media outlets, whether newspapers or film studios, in print, on TV, and online.

In his new book, Television Is the New Television: The Unexpected Triumph of Old Media in the Digital Age (Portfolio/Penguin, 2015), Wolff asks a simple question: Who actually makes money in the media business? In his view, the answer is easy. Companies that produce content for television, regardless of how rapidly change occurs in how it is distributed, continue to make money — lots of money. This is true even as virtually every online media company struggles to earn a profit, on still-meager revenues.
Wolff recently spoke with strategy+business about his new book. Given his acerbic reputation, it’s no surprise that at one point he referred to the management of a top newspaper organization as “real dummies.” Still, Wolff comes across in person as thoughtful and reasoned. He has strong but well-considered views on what’s right about the TV business, what’s wrong with digital media, and what the former can teach the latter — and those views raise critical issues about the present and future of all kinds of media, both online and off.
S+B: In your new book, you argue that the television business, contrary to all expectations, has only grown stronger over the past decade or two. How come the Internet hasn’t killed television the way it did print or music?.....

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“The key is that the TV guys have figured out a way to maintain the exclusivity of their content. That’s what has made content king again.”

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  • Edward H. Baker is a longtime business journalist and a contributing editor at strategy+business.