The rational self-interest of investing in creating scenes is obvious to anyone who has been part of a vibrant one: your work gets better when you’re part of a scene because you personally benefit from the synergies of the network that emerges. This is the single most important truth about where phenomenal work comes from throughout history: it comes from the intersection of artists with scenes.
Interesting debate about the successes and failures of the transmedia scene.
Response from @robpratten in the comment section:
"The part here that I don't recognize is the lack of mutual appreciation. In every meetup group that I've been to I find that everyone is mutually appreciative and supportive - and there is a real buzz and enthusiasm; it does feel like a movement and it feels like there's a grass roots energy. I've found everyone much warmer, more supportive and friendlier than the indie film scene ever was in my short time.
What we need to encourage is more experimentation, less fear and less doubt."
Some valid points also come up in the Facebook thread as well, but there's some sifting through to get to them. Here's my pick from Hal Hefner:
"There are a lot of talking heads and a lot of bullshit and hanger oners. I'm so motivated by creation and I've gravitated towards others that are as well. At times I do feel that a movement is at hand and other times I feel uninspired when I see and hear things that limit what a story can become by putting it into a powerpoint, a bible or some other horseshit pile being spoonfed to some bright eyed people who are eager to accept anything. (how's that for a run-on sentence) Being from a traditional art background, I have longed my entire life for a scene. I want to make some noise, be rowdy and offend those that need to be offended with stories of the real world yet slightly off kilter and that's why I fell into the Tranny Tribe. We all agreeably hate the moniker name of Transmedia and I agree that moving away from it is something a scene could push organically. I think many of the folks who have commented on this thread, we are already creating the synergy to do this. So my next question is how do we form a unit that collectively can push a scene forward organically? Jeff Watson is damn right too and I'm already moving in that direction with my own little tribe. Perhaps we are now in a time of smaller, "meta scenes"? I don't have all or any of the answers but I'm hungry to be with likeminded people and creative folks who have something to say that is powerful. Good art scenes were a reflection of modern times and a commentary on social issues. I want to be in a collaborative scene with people who care about these things not about booking another speaking engagement or tiptoeing through life with blinders on to what is happening around us in a world where are skies are patrolled by "flying death machines"."