Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick Episode 009: The Artist’s Responsibility
Do you have any kind of responsibility for what you create? Do you have a certain, specific, responsibility as a creator?
I think about the artist’s responsibility a lot, and it’s on my mind every time a comedian or filmmaker comes under fire for the work they create. So in this episode, I lay it all out and define the artist’s responsibility.
It’s a bit different from, but kin to, James Baldwin’s interpretation. With all due respect, his version might even be a subset of mine. Listen and see what you think.
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- Hazy Days and Cloudy Nights is my ongoing serial fiction project set in my Sovereign Era storyworld and featuring characters from my novels Brave Men Run and Pilgrimage. Read the first three installments for free, then become a patron to catch up with the rest and read new installments every two weeks!
- My Now page for August, 2018, inspired by Derek Sivers.
- My July, 2018 transparency report.
- Filmmaker James Gunn was fired from Disney after alt-right media personality and conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich (the same man who helped bring widespread attention to the “pizzagate” fake conspiracy that nearly got people killed) brought attention to several deleted tweets Gunn had posted in 2009 and long since apologized for.
- Possibly attempting to ride the Gunn / Disney news cycle, the conservative website Town Hall writer Chris Reeves republished a tweet comedian and actress Sarah Silverman had posted in 2009 and subsequently addressed in 2017.
- I can’t find the email from a concerned reader of Brave Men Run that I mention in the episode, but it did inspire this ten year old post that features a less developed idea of the artist’s responsibility, specifically for writers of fiction.
- I mentioned my songwriting. You can listen to or purchase many of my songs on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, and most other streaming or digital download marketplaces.
- Richard Pryor was an American comedian, writer, filmmaker, and actor. He co-wrote Blazing Saddles with Mel Brooks and others, and was an unflinching critic of race relations and other social issues.
- Orson Scott Card is a science fiction writer and editor with a long history of opposition to civil rights for anyone not identifying as heterosexual.
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Equipment and Software
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- Aurycle a460 large diaphragm studio condenser microphone
- Zoom R16 Recorder:Interface:Controller (digital multitrack recorder)
- Akai Professional MPD218 (MIDI drum pad controller for performing drum parts of “Anastasia”)
- Sennheiser HD 202 headphones
- Mixcraft 8 Pro Studio (digital audio workstation / music creation software — used when recording and producing “Anastasia”)
- Adobe Audition CC (digital audio workstation for recording, editing, and producing audio — used to mix and produce the podcast)
- Zencast.fm (podcast media file hosting and distribution service)
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