Darian Alexander Watson
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The pursuit of money is the singular driver in a lot of industries. Neoliberalism and capitalism are what drive the upper sectors of almost every performing arts industry and have done so for a long time. It can be seen everywhere from whitewashed musicals, to getting the rights to songs, to the endless unimaginative saga of reboots. There is a dearth of creative drive, in a pursuit of endless money which crushes and dehumanizes everyone who isn't useful in that pursuit; it goes directly against diversity and the common good. My sources will include the Vox article on the In The Heights Controversy, The ASCAP price margins for buying songs for Music, Money, Success & Movies, and the New York Times article for how reboots have created an End of Endings.
R. Darden Bradshaw, Michelle Hayford
Primary Advisor's Department
Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
"The Pursuit of Happiness... in cash" (2022). Stander Symposium Projects. 2648.