THEN and NOW for ENTERTAINMENT

THEN
MTV was our national jukebox.
NOW
There is no national jukebox. There is no universality. Want everyone to know your name? Then KILL someone. Making music doesn’t lead to ubiquity.

THEN
Being on the cover of “Rolling Stone” meant you made it.
NOW
Being on the cover of “Rolling Stone” means you’ve already made it and the magazine is kissing your butt, your PR person negotiated interview parameters, all so they could sell more copies on the newsstand.

THEN
TV shows were on network and they were either hits immediately or canceled.
NOW
The best TV shows are on cable, and most take years to gain traction, as a result, there’s little backlash. People don’t complain about “Walking Dead,” “Breaking Bad” or “Sons Of Anarchy,” because they’ve earned their keep. Try to jam Lena Dunham down our throats and there’s backlash. And backlash draws attention now, but burns your career our faster. Wanna last? Start slow.

THEN
CNN was on 24/7 and featured news.
NOW
There’s little news on CNN and if you want to know what’s happening, you go to the web. Hell, CNN’s site is better than the channel!

THEN
You couldn’t sell a record unless you had major distribution.
NOW
Anybody can sell a record. Don’t be sour grapes. If you haven’t made it, it’s your fault, the barriers to entry are incredibly low.

THEN
David Bowie comes back and he’s not only in the press, he’s all over MTV and the radio and he has a hit with “Let’s Dance.”
NOW
David Bowie comes back and he’s not on the radio and there’s no music on MTV and he doesn’t have a hit.

THEN
Rap was a view from the street.
NOW
Rap is a view from 36,000 feet, outside the window of a private jet.

THEN
Honesty was in rock.
NOW
Honesty is in country.

THEN
Musicians were leaders.
NOW
Musicians are followers.

THEN
You discovered new acts when they opened for your favorites.
NOW
You discover new acts at festivals, you don’t even bother to get there in time to hear the opening act at a regular show.

THEN
TV networks had 90+% of the audience.
NOW
TV networks have less than 30% of the audience.

THEN
The key to success was a good manager.
NOW
The key to success is a good manager.

THEN
It was all about the album.
NOW
It’s all about the single.

THEN
The radio was the tribal drum.
NOW
The mobile phone is the tribal drum.

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