@nancybaym linking personhood/self with creativity, I'm reminded of Keirkegaard's The Sickness Unto Death - the first paragraph...
@nancybaym which is pretty much like the creative path - it's not a state. You are (a) creative because you ARE creative. it's flux.
@nancybaym and our creativity (at it's most integrated) is an expression of who we are. But who we are is multifaceted (goffman)...
@nancybaym so the prior world of the artist was that of the mediated self. The press/industry defined who we were. Personhood was hijacked
@nancybaym ...but, like some kind of abuse scenario, being mediated becomes the norm, so regaining the means to an expressed self is scary
@nancybaym especially when the purpose of the mediated self was fame, to make someone else money. Utterly broken/dis-integrated.
@solobasssteve Indeed. What you are talking about is whole other dimension. Once power of self creation is in your hands you have to (cont.)