Has The Concept Of Rarity Become Obsolete?
Slate explores how on-demand services and instantly available media changes our relationship with pop culture and high art.
Bill Wyman of Slate magazine ponders what it means to have all music instantly available and whether this means the end for the concept of ‘rare’ music and other forms of media. With iTunes, YouTube, torrents and file sharing, you can find almost any tune, movie, video clip, comic book, or TV show you are searching for. Whereas, in the past, it would have been seen as a major accomplishment to find that rare CD or video, now it is less impressive.