But as the industry and the baby boomers fade away we enter a period where the music will not be influencing the culture on the grand industrial scale demanded by the centralizing economics of earning money from a massive demographic bulge. So what to write about. What makes any rock journalist, or blogger, of any use? What are we to do? Our audience is just as fragmented as the audience for the music? Where is the money in rock journalism. If the incredibly good music of this time gets so little recognition and remuneration, why even write about it? I mean when there were massive amounts of people interested in conversations about the Artists of the Common Consensus I could see this as as a possibility. I guess the industry still has the money to get their artists into the conversation of these main stream trendsetting blogs and I imagine there is a real desire of people to share the enjoyment of good art with each other, but I wonder how long even that lasts?
Maybe this Scene, this Antifolk thing, this DIY thing, this thing of ours, is and has been avant garde in this way: it has been people making music and writing songs in a milieu that is divorced from the industry, that really is ignored by the industry, that as the writer for Time Out New York magazine so precisely put it, is "unattached to any larger cultural movement." In other words we have been doing for a while what all musicians will be doing in the future.
I have seen the future of rock and roll and it is unattached to any larger cultural movement.