Neon Indian recently conducted a talk entitled “Auteurs In The Ether” at a TEDx conference in Martha’s Vineyard. Alan dives into the issue of having a single-minded focus on authorship, and looks to answer the question “if your inspiration comes from an inner monologue or an open dialogue, does either one make it any less original an expression?”. There are also some great references to the ways in which DIY culture, originality, and creativity are all changing, and why those changes don't need to be considered negatively. It has become easier and easier to do-it-yourself, you could argue that the "learn three chords and start a band" ideology behind punk, was reborn in the mid-2000s, but instead of a beat up guitar and a pawn shop amp, you scored a copy of Ableton Live and a second-hand laptop. We thought DIY empowerment was punk, now we are literally doing it all ourselves.