You cannot “possess” art merely by buying it. You cannot support art merely by feeding artists — although that does help. To possess it you must earn it by participating to some extent in what it takes to design it and to create it. To support it you must catch in your consumption of it something of what is involved in the production of it.
— C. Wright Mills, “The Man in the Middle,” in The Politics of Truth: Selected Writings of C. Wright Mills, ed. John H. Summers.