Here are a few spins on Friday's thoughts about globalization and music.
1) From a site where you can buy a tasty college term paper, the g-word and music
2) From a journal (with peer review standards): the music industry and the g-word
Older but still recent articles about possible trends are many times interesting to think about. For instance, one of the final remarks in First Monday asserts there will be more superstars in the future. At first, this may seem to contradict the conclusions of a similar report published as a Rand study
(a link to reading this entire book for free inconveniently buried deep in the ancient archives). But there's no real contradiction. Obviously, there may be more superstars but of much shorter duration of career span.
Madame Flavah predicts the era of musicians having 35 and 40 years at the top end of such a career arc may well be ending now. The dilemma for up and coming musicians is that the majority of the attention and financial returns may go only to support the infrastructure supporting the superstars, leaving the musicians (and artists) in the middle ground facing a future where fiscal reality means always being required to hold a day job while working on their art in spare time. Yet, we may all be in for a surprise, if you care to think more about this, because many independent record companies report they're doing better than they ever have.