Your Audience is Your Collaborator

More thoughts on the Architecture of Participation on this rainy day before thanksgiving.

Tracy, a reader, sent me some quotes from Jeff Tweedy of Wilco that are so dead on that I want to blog them.  Here they are:

"A piece of art is not a loaf of bread. When someone steals a loaf of bread from the store, that’s it. The loaf of bread is gone. When someone downloads a piece of music, it’s just data until the listener puts that music back together with their own ears, their mind, their subjective experience. How they perceive your work changes your work. Treating your audience like thieves is absurd. Anyone who chooses to listen to our music is a collaborator."

Well said Jeff.