The old world was dominated by network television, big business, and banner ads.
In the old world, only celebrities could be artists. Whitney Houston, Martha Stewart, and Andy Warhol. Folks like this had a certain degree of celebrity, so it was pretty well known who had the talent, skills, and resources to make art.
In the old world, if you weren’t one of these celebrities, you were just a citizen. You worked your job, you took care of your family, and you certainly didn’t make art.
Today, thankfully, we don’t live in the old world anymore.
Welcome to the new world!
The new world is dominated by free shipping, on demand viewing, and the almighty hashtag.
In the new world, we are surrounded by mutants. These men and women look like normal, everyday citizens, but they have secret powers, hidden abilities.
That business executive sitting next to you on the subway, he’s actually an author. His latest self-published science fiction novel was read by over 300 people last month. You may not know his name, but those 300 people sure do, and they love his work.
The pretty girl who checks you in at the gym everyday, she’s actually a calligraphy artist. Her wedding invitation business is still small, but her fanbase on Instagram isn’t. She has over 10,000 devoted fans that can’t wait to get married, just so they can pay her to design their invitations.
And be warned people: Your mom...she’s not actually be your mom. She’s an online student at Khan Academy learning how to do basic coding. She wants to set up a better website to help parents organize carpools to and from school activities. She hasn’t launched the site yet, but when she does, thousands of parents will be thankful for your mom’s secret powers.
In the new world, the cavern that used to divide celebrity and citizen is being traversed by new artists everyday. These are the mutants that are changing our world. They live among us, maybe (hopefully) even in your own neighborhood.