The kids I met at Maker Faire (…) have only known a world where a “maker” was always a real thing one can be or do. (…) The average maker isn’t just a 35 year old guy, it’s becoming a 10 year old girl or boy with a 3D printer. (…) These kids are living in a time when there’s $25 Raspberry Pi computer or an Arduino inside of just about anything. (…). Parents (…) talk(…) about how installing Linux on an old iPod or making a TV-B-Gone turned their kid into a different person, more curious about how the world works, and how they went on to pursue art, science, engineering. (…) I think the kids today will (…) “copy” our willingness to share and see the benefits of open source not only for technological advancements, but for social good.
When you realize that people are paying, not for the music or the singer, but for the opportunity to be surrounded by thousands of other people who share an interest and have an excuse to enjoy themselves, then it doesn’t seem so insane.
They could honestly be paying $75 a ticket to watch paint dry, as long as there were thousands of other people getting really excited about watching the paint dry too. In pop music, particularly, it’s an event where the quality of the ‘merchandise’ is less important than the culture that surrounds it.