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It’s one of the banes of my existence! And I’m not living completely on the creative side of the line. But living life as a creative artist in a capitalistic society is akin to constantly swimming upstream during a tidal wave. Well, it often feels that way.

Consumers are ingesting content more than ever, but the artists aren’t reaping the benefits. A few behemoths who’ve swallowed up other producers along the way are living quite large, while the struggling artist just struggles harder. For those of us who thought the rise of the internet would give everyone an even chance to be seen and heard, the opposite seems to have triumphed and the giant companies are rolling in the riches.

Today I’m joined by activist, author and defender of artists rights Cory Doctorow. He’s joined by his co-author of his new book, Checkpoint Capitalism: How Big Tech and Big Content Captured Creative Labor Markets and How We’ll Win Them Back, Rebecca Giblin.