Date: Mon Feb 15 1999 - 18:08:41 EET

     Dear Brock and list,
     Although I am entering this thread at a late date, I have had
     discussions by way of the RP-ML concerning this in the past.
     You said:
>I disagree that the Internet hasn't created 500,000 newspapers; we do
>have them. They're called Web sites. It's just that most of them are
>read by very few people.
     One reason that so many exist but so few are actively visited is
     "Advertising" how do you find a web page unless it's by word of mouth
     or e-mail? You see it scroll past on someone else's page...or on a
     search engine. Do you actually visit all the pages you get hits on
     when you search for something? If you did, you wouldn't get anything
     done. So regrettably, 500,000 artists or fabber pages would result in
     a few being visited by many, and most languishing in obscurity.
     I fear that the individual artists will be lost amid the onslaught of
     commercialized "unique" products that will be marketed by the
     conglomerates. There will always be the customer who shops the back
     alley shops and web pages for the true unique.
     The real question is this: Will you be able to command a price
     sufficient to make a living if there is no concept of "local artist"?
     He's the one in your home town, who you can visit easily. In the
     global village there is no local artist, but there is the potential
     for many more global shoppers. How will they find your web gallery?
     The concept of "Starving Artist" has existed for centuries.
     Larry Blasch
     Systems Administrator for Engineering Services
     OPW Fueling Components
     P.O. Box 405003 Voice: (513) 870-3356
     Cincinnati, OH 45240-5003 USA Fax: (513) 870-3338
     * "Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else." *

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