Very interesting discussion, there is probably not that much difference in our views when we look beneath the surface. We are all scratching the same tree in a way, all dealing with the same predicaments that @jasonw22 just outlined, we just think about them differently... but constantly assessing our relationship to capitalism, as Jason suggests is a sound piece of advice.
For @glia "just doing art might not make you a TALENTED artist (in the eyes of
others) but I think this statement is indicative of how you prioritize
external or societal factors that @Angela and many others arent concerned with... "
I wouldn't say that I prioritize external or societal factors per say but I am just always trying to be aware of how these factors are there effecting us all and how society functions and how its discourse and direction are being effected. Most artists might not be concerned with this, which is fine if you want but don't just ignore it... What I am saying is an artist needs to be aware of the role of societal factors especially those factors which come from power. Most governments have strategies for 'Art' and arms of the culture industry, just like they have strategies for the arms industry. Here in the UK in the last week a member of the conservative government Matt Hancock, who has the Orwellian sounding job title "Minister for digital and culture" gave a speech on cultural capital, its worth a read. What he says is a lot of bullsh!t but I think it needs to be understood and any artist, I feel needs to think it through and weigh themselves against such ideas.