Over the last few weeks, I've annoyed everyone I know with the basic outlines of a pretty major position paper that I've been unconsciously composing for the better part of the last two years. The basic gist: my observations on Apple and Google, their business practices and their approach to the new media age - and how it's pretty much the most important thing going on right now in terms of the future of art and entertainment - and the audience for them.
In other words: all those stories about Avatar representing the wave of the future? Maybe, but that's a mere niche (and who thinks that the current raft of HD-TVs with glasses-required 3D is going to last more than a few months?). The real story is in the answer to the two following questions, and how the folks in Cupertino and Mountain View answer them:
1) Is art information?
2) Is information free?