Archive:A culture of freedom

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A culture of freedom is one where critics don't just vote thumbs-up or thumbs-down on a movie but seriously discuss how a movie could be improved -- and then someone reads their critique and goes out and does it.

A culture of freedom is one where being a cover band doesn't lose you any street cred compared to doing your own music from scratch -- and where it starts to become hard to tell the difference.

A culture of freedom is one where bad old TV series and movies turn into brilliant remakes and fan fiction on a regular basis -- and bad remakes and fan fiction themselves generate brilliant ones after a few years.

A culture of freedom is one where making a tribute to your favorite book or speculating on a logical continuation of an existing book is just as legal as mocking and satirizing a bad book you don't like.

A culture of freedom is one where anyone who wants to can try to build a better mousetrap -- and the world beats a network of paths connecting everyone's front door.

A culture of freedom is one where everyone thinks of themselves as a voice in a huge choir whose power and beauty comes from its size and diversity, rather than shutting up and sitting in the congregation while only the best voices sing alone on a bare stage -- where the many don't bow to the few and the few aren't responsible for the many.

A culture of freedom is one where everyone decides for themselves which art is great and which art is mediocre, where the cultural consensus can change at a whim rather than letting the voices of the past decide what will pass into the future -- and where those who choose to ignore the cultural consensus can and will.

A culture of freedom is one where I can write, sing, paint, dance or just talk however I please, and anyone who wants can watch or listen, where the spark of creativity in every human soul holds the reins, rather than the clamoring voices of conformity, inferiority and doubt -- and it's coming, bit by bit, voice by voice, word by word, life by life.