Re: the music industry: victim of the profit motive?
As much as the major labels have screwed things up, and gotten away from artist development and have resorted to pushing bland, mindless tunes on the radio, the flip side is that the art of music is getting away from just being commerce.
Small bands all over the world are creating music and putting it out there that would have never had the chance under the old system. And because they know they won't be accepted by the majors, they don't try, and instead truly do what they want to do, creating art in music, which is why most of use are drawn to music in the first place.
The problem I have is there are so many bands out there now putting out decent to great music, it's tough to find enough time to listen to it all.