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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.

Before I get into the main topic, I give you a quick run down of what’s been happening in my life creatively and professionally, and how to find out more.

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Share Your Thoughts on the Artist’s Responsibility

After listening to this episode, you know I have strong opinions regarding the artist’s responsibility. Do you agree? Do you have a different view? Speak up about it, or… you know what? I’m just going to assume you’re with me 100%!  Let’s hear from you in the comments!

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