Mexican singer Alan Palomo, best known as Neon Indian, recently gave a TED Talk entitled ‘Auteurs in the Ether‘. In this talk, he explores the myth of the Auteur in two extremes: the autocrat who looks to himself, and the collaborator who looks everywhere else. By musing on the process of his musical project Neon Indian, he answers the question: If your inspiration comes from an inner monologue or an open dialogue, does either one make it any less original an expression?