This blog post includes minor spoilers.
Ars Gratia Artis! roars MGM Studios’ famous big kitty. The Latin phrase translates to “Art for Art’s Sake” – a work of art has value just because it exists as the expression of its creator. I can appreciate that, but I’d prefer Ars Gratia Transformationis, “Art for Change’s Sake” – works of art are even more beautiful when they provoke viewers and listeners to self-reflection and growth, changing themselves and making change around them. Many a TV and movie studio presents itself as a champion of one or both of these virtues.
Yet I can’t help but think that if studios, networks, and streaming services were being really honest, they would confess that they’re most driven by Ars Gratia Pecuniae, “Art for Money’s Sake.” Ultimately, though they may talk about creating art that touches lives and impacts society, when push comes to shove, that gives way to the bottom line – profit.Continue reading “Save Partner Track”