. . . never existed.
The days when people had fewer options for their time and attention were not better days for the arts. Easier days, maybe, but not better.
The days when you could market your work through a steady stream of paid advertising certainly made life simple, but not better.
In our world, a sense of longing for the past can be dangerous. It implies both that the past was better and that the future is unbearable.
Neither of these things are true.
There is great opportunity ahead of us in the arts.
But if we keep clinging to what was we will never discover it.