Audience-Oriented Rears Its Head Again
“I don’t even want to add much to it, except to say that there’s a term I use that matches the sentiment Dan expresses: audience-oriented. Everyone in the business of live entertainment and arts should be audience-oriented. I hate the word “pandering” because it implies that the person who refuses to “pander” could, if he or she just chose to, churn out some crap that everybody loved.
This is called contempt for your audience, and here’s a news flash, they sense that contempt. It doesn’t make them want to listen to you, support you or have a scintilla of interest in you. It’s also not true. Just try it sometime. Pander away, and see what happens. My prediction: crickets.”
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