It's one of the yet-unanswered questions of the millennium—how has the Internet and the digital revolution changed the arts, including non-fiction writing (which you might still refer to quaintly as "newswriting" or "journalism").
It's a humongous, tangled and scary question, perfect for Stephen Brown, cultural bomb thrower of SB Dance Company, to make the subject of his first in a series of Cultural Confidentials at the Rose Wagner Blackbox. Brown has invited five representatives from the art world's spectrum to discuss Internet issues in their fields.
Photographer Josh Blumental, who specializes in 19th Century wet-plate photography, and Aaron Moulton, senior curator at UMOCA, will discuss the blurred lines of image ownership and what it means to artists.
Anne Jamison, an English professor at the Univerity of Utah will explain the explosion of online "fan fiction" as a writing genre.
Stacey Richards, a catalog relations manager at Warner Chappell and her husband Paul, a professional musician, will discuss the opportunities and challenges the Web offers to musicians.
Jason Hill, founder of Lost Wax Labs, will discuss open-source software and his advocacy for keeping the Internet free of government controls.
I will be there as a blogger and print journalist to talk about the impact of the Internet and social media on news coverage, objectivity, credible information gathering and the changing face of the news (like my mug being at the top of this blog instead of Walter Cronkite).
The Internet is free--but this will cost you $5.
Tonight, Wednesday, 8 p.m.
Rose Wagner Blackbox, 138 W 300 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets: $5 801-355-ARTS or www.arttix.org or at the door.