The Poets and Parasites of Art. What unifies all great art is inspiration and vision. It cuts beyond popularity, profitability, and personality of the creator.
Yet with the rise of greater leisure and technology allowing for everyone to more readily become creative, we see a huge swell of new music, movies, books, and games. Unfortunately, inspiration is rarer than the amount of media that is out there and only the true Poets are the visionaries, not being concerned for money or reputation. Where does that leave everyone else?
I have mapped out a definition hierarchy of this creative class that ranges from the authentic Poet to the Parasite.
1) Poets (the elite of the Artists, known for influencing the Artists, visionairies, feedforwarders, not concerned for money or reputation, the crazed and eccentric)
2) Artists (the creative craftsmen, creating new genres/markets, concerned about legacy)
3) Craftsmen (those who refine the performance, bringing peak performances, concerned about the craft)
4) Performers (capable, journeymen, emphasizing showiness, concerned about the performance)
5) Pretenders (riding on the coat-tails of the Performers, the critics, concerned about reputation)
6) Parasites (pure copy-cat, cynical mechanical marketing, pure hype, concerned about money)
Its not a pyramid, that Poets need Parasites. Its more, the Parasites needs the Poets.
Poets – Vision
Artists – Alchemist
Craftsment – Engineer
Performer – Artisan
The Craftsman needs the Artists
The Performer will need the Parasites.
The Artists will need the Pretenders.
The Poets needs to react to the Parasites.