More thoughts from the Future of Music talk at the RSA. In the Q&A, Tod Machover said something about how the healthiest societies (in terms of music) are the ones with the smallest gap between the top and the bottom, i.e. between the professionals and the tone-deaf. Part of the work he does is about trying to get people engaged with music on a community level. In societies with smaller gaps the idea that stars have some sort of unattainable talent does not exist, so people are more likely to feel they can do it themselves.
In terms of piracy and new music models, I was wondering whether generations in the future will want to have societies with a smaller gap, i.e. there won't be a need for superstars on the level of Madonna, etc. Instead they might have loads of smaller artists that they're down with.