Okay, this article from "Wired" (written by ex-Talking Heads genius/weirdo David Byrne) is about the music industry, not writing. But I think it has some very interesting parallels and contrasts to the spreading of models in publishing. I'd like to see a similar workup on the publishing industry: which paints an even more complex pictures than this one.
One thing I like is what I've been saying for some time in response to people who have black and white attitudes about traditional vs self publishing: it portrays a spectrum of what Byrne identifies as 6 models ranging from virtual career "enslavement" to total independence.
Of course there aren't really direct equivalence in music to something lulu.com or whiskey creek or bewrite so, as I say, the writing spectrum is wider, with more (and less distinct) "colors".
Another thing to think about, as musicians break away from the traditional models (he cites Radiohead releasing it's album online and Madonna switching from Warner to a concert promotor, but think also of the thousands of musicians/composers who put all their work online to sell downloads or CD's) nobody says they are "cheating" or "pretending" when they publish their own work. For some reason, it's easily accepted that musicians go "indie", but viewed with suspicion, disdain or sheer ignorance if writers do.
Anyway, here's the article:
Hmmmm. I heard this thread was deleted. Very mysterious.
Anyway, a second point I'd make on this. Writers could do well to look at how musicians are embracing and utilizing new paradigms. They're doing a lot of things that would make sense for us to emulate.