From Doug Borwick at Engaging Matters: Art has been an authority-based industry. Experts decide what cultural expe­ri­ences to provide. The public’s job (when the public has had a job) has been to appre­ciate them. While, as I have often remarked, this is not true of the whole history of the arts in all cultures, it is true of the Euro­pean-rooted art forms that are the focus of much of the not-for-profit arts industry in the U.S. With the rise of “partic­i­pa­tory culture” built upon online commu­ni­ca­tion tools, people are no longer content to passively accept what experts offer them. They have an expec­ta­tion of input. This is not a trend that will fade. · Go to Authority-based culture →