I had one of those Twitter moments the other day. In just a matter of a few seconds, I ended up getting juxtaposing tweets. And it inspired me to write this post about how we approach the challenges that lie ahead.
This quote appeared in Jack Isquith’s “Digital Music Insider” (from an interview on EW.com) and it’s an amazing admission from an artist about the role of digital and his craft:
There’s no question that the music industry has been roiled by digital downloads, Internet radio, subscription music sites, declining CD sales, and other tsunami-like developments over the years.
And in this corner, it’s Seth Godin, author, media pundit, philosopher, and self-publisher, talking about the same topic – technological change and how we deal with it – as industries, companies, artists, and individuals from a recent blog post:
I have all the respect in the world for Jack White and the thousands of musicians struggling to figure it out in this fast-paced digital maelstrom. But like the rest of us who grew up in legacy industries, change either ushers in resignation and whining or it brings about innovation and energy. You either regroup, reassess your strengths and weaknesses, and figure it out – or you whine, gripe, and wring your hands. We'll take the former any day.
This is why Seth Godin is so well-read and admired, and why we at Jacobs Media quote him often.
Sometimes it’s not fair. But is what it is.
There’s no future in whining.