The Creative Middle Class

Cameron Lee Cowan

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Hello from the burgeoning creative middle class! It has been over a decade since the terms influencer and creator economy entered our vocabulary. The internet, and social media in particular, democratized the means of production for media and created new types of delightful media that had not existed before. Youtube, Tik Tok, Twitter, and Vine (remember Vine?) allowed talented people to expose their talent to the world. We wouldn’t know who Justin Bieber is without Youtube. Jake Paul would just be some guy, and Mr. Beast would be working somewhere in an office park. The Cameron Journal wouldn’t even exist! However, while our new digital world has created some billion dollar brands, there is one thing that has yet to emerge from this new environment: a middle class.

Obviously, not everyone can be Mr. Beast or Jake Paul. For every musician that strikes it big on YouTube, there are 10 who don’t really get that far and either move on or just play to a small group of fans. But it would seem that after all these years, there would be a great middle, creators who are known, but not terribly well-known but can make a nice living from their art. Indeed, this was true for many artists in the pre-internet world. There were people who made a living writing short stories for magazines and doing some articles. Some writers never finished a book or never wrote one at all. Gigging musicians are the back bone of…

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Cameron Lee Cowan

Creative Director of The Cameron Journal. Culture, political commentary, and much more!