Sydney Lancaster recommends the article by Suzanne Moon from The Guardian “In the digital economy, we’ll soon all be working for free – and I refuse”  The digital economy operates as a kind of sophisticated X Factor: someone will make it, but most won’t – and the real loser is society. Read entire article

According to Sydney Lancaster (Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC’s Advocacy Director) I like the fact too that the author takes a larger political view – that in order for democracy to survive (as we currently frame it politically end economically) people actually need enough income to survive. This, to me, is an especially pertinent point when we live in a political climate in which it is in many many cases assumed that creatives are willing to work for free, post the products of their labour online for free, donate their work for a charitable cause, or do unpaid internships etc entirely for the “exposure” it will bring.