Yet the divide is not shrinking.
Libraries and community centers are often mentioned by those who say there is no divide, but those face reduced hours, lower purchase and update budgets, and smaller staffs. Eighty-two percent of libraries are the only free providers for their community. But budgets are down 15% and plans for community free wifi have been overtaken by subscription based options as cash strapped municipalities seek "private-public partnerships" regardless of how this may limit access.
In addition, home access is not increasing as people rely on work or other outside sources, including cell phones.
With cell phones comes Internet lite, with nowhere near the speed, accessibility and content of the full Internet. In addition, carriers starting with AT&T, will start to charge by use instead of flat rates.
Among the young, most use the Internet for text messaging, instant messaging, Facebook and for those who are behind the curve, e-mail. Playing video games falls somewhere in that list as well. hardly the optimum use of the World Wide Web.
The Digital Divide remains real.
Creative differences are changing the world forever.
One difference between Hollywood and most live theater around the country -everything is being about money in Hollywood, greed and profit, not about art, culture and society. I guess I come from a theater as service for others and art background.
Yet that is shrinking as well....as the "Hollywood" mentality starts to seep into the dreams, expectations and very fabric of a generation of would-be actors and performers raised on television and the non-reality of video games.
The art will continue, but for how much longer and in what forms?
Hollywood itself is changing.
Major Hollywood agencies are seeking outside equity and expansion into areas that are not traditionally agency turf. That means a potential battle with the unions, who look upon agents as working for their members, not as schools, production companies or wings of soup to nuts one stop industry entities.
The business is looking at new ways to make money, including closing the windows on new releases before DVD's or Internet. Paramount will offer first run movies in four or fewer weeks through Red Box for a buck. Red Box does offer "back catalog" and "classic" films (meaning older popular, not quality).
A whole new paradigm is in the works.
Meanwhile I am here, with low funds and a shifting self image, making do with the gifts God gave me and my own passion of helping others. The adage that those who can do "do" and those who cannot "teach" is false, made up by people who like to put others into boxes, lists and feel better about themselves.
I teach because I love it and I believe in those I offer my help, for whatever it is worth, to them.
I teach as an adjunct through the College of Southern Nevada, coach acting for almost nothing through a service oriented for profit business and through a local park district. I do it for love. I do it to pass on what I can. I do it for the joy of watching others grow, and in some cases really succeed at their dreams! Or in areas they do not even know are ahead of them.
I follow the industry with a passion. I serve with great pride on the board of the Screen Actors Guild. I suffer others thinking it is pure ego or that there is some sort of power or connections through the position (the opposite is true because we serve without pay and often have to say or do things that are not popular with others on the board or with the industry). I have been told I "run the branch" by people who have no idea how powerful paid staff is or how limited a board member, or for that matter their own positions, really are. My Screen Actors Guild experience, the hours of reading, study, meetings, teleconferences and thought that go into it without pay or any career or monetary compensation, is for all those I teach, those I coach and to keep my mind sharp, young and challenged.
I chose to raise a family in Las Vegas, which left me rooted here, without the resources to jump off the deep end and swim with the sharks of the industry. I'll admit that. I am basically shy, which very few people believe, and prefer behind the scenes to the spotlight.
Although I do love being on stage, on the screen or in front of my students.
I am adapting to digital, but at the same time keenly aware that not everyone is digital savvy or skilled.
This blog is a way for me to reach out, share, offer what I can and provide a service.
People assume the worst. That's the ill nature of our society today. I do not make money off any of my web sites, am not in the business of selling, or driven by the ego that so many project upon me.
So back to the core of my being, as recorded on the first page of my actual home web site:
There is aptitude and there is talent. Both can be developed to meet personal, community, and professional needs.
How good you are, how skilled, how studied depends entirely on how much you want to put into it.
This web site, links, and the courses I teach, are intended to help you to meet your needs, to help you make your dreams come true...
I welcome your ideas, feedback or contributions.
Hopefully this will lead to a new paradigm in how you view Art Lynch, or my work, or this blog.
First Published 9-23-2012