Lies, Damn Lies, and the 45% Statistic

In May of 2013, “Trichordist Editor” wrote an article with a staggering headline: 45% Fewer Professional Working Musicians Since 2002. The lead sentence lays all the blame at the feet of the internet: “The numbers are simple and staggering. The internet has not empowered musicians, it has exploited them.”

Indeed, if that figure is right, then the numbers are staggering. It would mean that nearly half of the jobs for working musicians have evaporated in a single decade. And if there was even a shred of evidence that it was “the internet” that destroyed those jobs, then that would be a powerful indictment.

Fortunately for artists – but unfortunately for “Trichordist Editor” – that figure is a complete and utter fabrication.

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