Money

So this is a quote of a quote from a book… but the source is pretty reliable, so here goes:

“We have no obligation to make history. We have no obligation to make art. We have no obligation to make a statement. To make money is our only objective.” Michael Eisner (ex-CEO of Disney)

You know, I’m not against capitalism, I’m not against making money (one does need to earn a living, after all), but this hit me like a brick. It’s not that it surprised me – after all, corporations are mainly trying to appease their shareholders so you would think the bottom line would matter to some degree (even to a high degree). But it’s not just ’some’ or a ‘high’ degree. It’s often the whole ball of wax. No wonder many artists are going independent and publishing their own work – creating and distributing their own properties. For those of you not wanting to be part of the machinery that is driven solely by greed… all the power to you and I hope you can make enough to make a decent living promoting your own work. Or if you stay, I hope you can make a difference.

Correction: Please see this post regarding the original quote by Eisner.