Amanda Palmer: the art of asking

Amanda Palmer

video: Amanda Palmer: the art of asking – a TEDx talk

Don’t make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer: Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan.

This talk is not really about music. It’s mostly about turning our back to the prevalent rhetoric which encourages us to be fearful of each other and to entrust our safety to governments and corporations, it’s an inspiration to putting trust back in our neighbors, and further still to embrace the basic goodness of perfect strangers.

Amanda bypasses all the structures that we are told are needed not only to be successful but even to simply survive, and goes straight to the core of what that means, creating a direct relationship between the maker and the individuals who enjoy the maker’s craft.

Humanity is then revealed as an ocean of individuals hungry for a look, a hug, a glance, even.

We are separated and made weaker for profit. For profit we are turned into fearful, isolated people who need protection from each other and toil at their jobs to purchase such protection.

As Amanda shows, the hostile and dangerous world may all be a hoax, and all it takes to find out is the courage to hand a flower to a passerby.

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”  (Ghandi)


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