Patti Smith’s Fantastic Advice For Young Artists
GOOD WORK, NO COMPROMISES, MAKE A GOOD NAME
needed to hear this today for sure
Steam rises from the heated pad below a GEnx engine, following a nighttime ice test at GE Aviation in Winnipeg, Canada. Temperatures were around -20 degrees F.
Cocksucking motherfucking ad bullshit in my feed? First facebook, now tumblr…the internet is going to shit
This is the true face and intent of “social media” or “the social web”. It is not so much about being “social” and sharing your experiences with your friends (who let’s be honest, are fucking awful people like ourselves who post nothing but platitudes and a digital projection of their desired self image) and more about capitalizing on the image of a shared experience as a driver for taste-making in a landscape that is almost entirely fragmented target markets.
The beautiful thing about advertising is, it is a multi-billion to multi-trillion dollar industry whose product’s real impact can not be measured in any meaningful way. Which means every ad campaign no matter how well devised boils down to “increasing visibility of the brand”.
Companies are willing to shell out huge sums of money for increased visibility with no guaranteed reward. So much so I would argue our de-industrialized America’s chief product is advertising. It drives every free site and online service you use, and apps you use for free will eventually be sold to bigger companies who will want to capitalize on that user base for what? More advertising!
The only solution is to stop using anything that would be considered a part of the “social web”, which would have the pleasant effect of eliminating ads from your purview. It would also have the undesired effect of losing that desired connectivity with your peers to quickly share information word of mouth. I wrestle with this idea as I am extremely fatigued by ads, but I value the connection to freely shared ideas more than I am bothered by the annoyance of shitty pitches from superfluous products.
Man what is funnier than when your intestines toot a fart into your anus in preparation for actually farting said fart out your butthole? What a total middleman situation! A bureaucracy of bung! Colon by committee!
Goddamn. I have tried and I have seen others try to define GAME.
What a waste of time! My time! Your time! Everyone’s time!
Game is defined by the actual definition of “game”. The “game” of a scene is a game. Game is a game. You play a game with your scene partner, only you make up the rules as you go. That’s it. That’s all there is to it. It deserves no more thought or discussion. It is exactly what it sounds like. It is not an ephemeral term used to describe this insane abstract concept that is only applicable to improv. It is just the word game, used to describe a game.
Someone who needs it to mean more may tell you differently, but come on. Something doesn’t have to be complex or deep to be meaningful or artistic. Simpler is better, and in the case of improv I think we’re all the type of people who desperately WANT things to mean more than they actually do despite knowing this. Who doesn’t want art to be exciting?
“It’s the funny thing” I think this is wrong. It is a game. It may be funny. It may just be gross or stupid. The result and intent have nothing to do with what it is.
“It’s the unusual thing in a scene!” I think this is wrong. It is a game. Two guys who high five after every exciting thing is a game, but is hardly unusual.
“Game is a pattern!” I think this is wrong. It is a game. Your scene’s game may be the “repeating the patterns game” but the presence/absence of a pattern does not determine if a game is a game or not. Most games have patterns, yes. Do not pass go. The pop-o-matic bubble in Trouble. Cluedo’s “Person/Location/Weapon” pattern. try a scene where you and your scene partner just repeat a pattern and tell mw how well that goes for you.
Talk about it or think about it or don’t or send me a message telling me I am an asshole! THIS WAS A GOOD USE OF OUR TIME!
Basically just want to buy a small house in the middle of Wyoming, write comics and music all day long while my wife and dog play.
Improv is fun, but I haven’t done it in a month and a half, partly as a hiatus to refresh my brain and partly as unintentional “my life got too fucking messy to make time for yucks” kind of business.
I keep asking myself why I live in Los Angeles. It seems like this is a place you have to live if you are actively pursuing a career in entertainment, but I wonder how true that is. I bet you could be totally happy and financially secure outside of this expensive anchovy tin and still make all the art and impact you wanted to when you were 18.
I don’t think I have become less ambitious. I think my ambition has finally found focus. I know what I want to do. I want to make sincere yet funny music and write comics to self publish, so that’s what I’m gonna do.
Give me a shout if you need a theme song or a band* leader for your late night talk show.
*Band meaning “a person with technology plugged in around them”
And all this said, I don’t know what to do. Do I have the need for a naval-gazing, self-analysis tool like this diary? Honesty is good and I do believe in transparency, but what if all that honesty and transparency is just another place to talk about yourself? Aren’t we perpetuating the cycle of self-interest that especially plagues artistic people?
I don’t know. There is certainly catharsis to be gained in public admission of your thoughts and feelings, but how the fuck do we gauge how much self-indulgence we exhibit? How do we gauge what is sincere, painful admission and what equates to another way to make something about ourselves?
Life’s too complicated. Is there a benefit in shutting the fuck up about yourself? Have I been horribly self-absorbed? If so, how long? How many people has this hurt? Am I a bad person? Are we all bad people? Is asking this question just another example of self absorption? Why do we flip the b in absorb upside down to make a p when we write absorption?
There’s always too many questions! Time for an ice cream sandwich!
my favorite threewordphrase relationship comics
It’s missing the one where the girlfriend is in her sweats but otherwise this is a nice collection of my relationship strips
Best webcomic of all time imho
I see you just finished reading an article about science and/or analysis of the human experience! How very smart (see: nerdy) of you! Allow me to introduce myself:
I’m the “From Around the Web” section you can find just above the comments section of any article on Cracked. There are many sections like me around the web, but I’ll only speak for myself if that’s ok. Seems like maybe you’ve had enough mental stimulation for one day eh? Well fear not! I have some suggested reading for you. Don’t worry, I totally meant to put the word “reading” in quotes.
Have you been keeping up with all the insights I have to offer you? Are you a woman? If so, you are probably overweight! Unless of course you are one of our P.M. Hot chicks, whatever the fuck a “P.M. hot chick” is!
Maybe you’d like to objectify some athletic women?
How about an article on talented people I think are unattractive, which is a bad thing for someone in public view to be! I mean, come on! If you’re going to be seen by people you should be attractive by the most generalized standards of beauty!
OMG BTW have you SEEN this see through skirt?
Oh and SOME celebs just went TOO FAR with their crazy opinions. Hello? Yes this is the front desk calling to tell you UM ENTERTAIN ME AND SHUT UP MAYBE?
How about a nice round of gossip about box office failures? Wanna speculate about a complex and arduous film making process like it was as simple as writing a book report?
Oh yeah and before I go make sure you avoid 7 random things or your brain will break. Be sure to stop by my bro Buzzfeed a few hundred times today as we have some Boy Meets World fan fic hitting the webs soon.
Spring must be around the corner because my seasonal Earthbound nostalgia is kicking in.
millions of users of [Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks] have supplanted their profile pictures with that symbol to display their support and hope that the Justices will rule in favor of marriage equality…
…but how effective is this form of online activism? Matt Buchanan considers: http://nyr.kr/YJO5TP
No disrespect meant to Matt Buchanan, whose above article is really thoughtful and speaks more to general effectiveness of this low-risk act as protest. I just think that people are misunderstanding the purpose of this kind of “online movement”. I don’t disagree with his points.
Yes, it is lazy to change your profile pic in support of anything. Sure it could be labeled as “slacktivism” and we could all scoff at how ineffective this form of protest is, or we can debate the finer points, weighing the pros and cons. Why bother? This is so low risk it very obviously has zero impact on any real social change, but what does it imply? A spreading of healthy ideas. An open dialogue, even if that dialogue is laben with expletives and exists solely inside your Facebook feed.
Here’s the thing I think is missing from this discussion, people who don’t typically read the news or generally pay attention might ask “Gee why are all these people in my social network changing their profile pics to this symbol thingy? What am I missing?” then they might run a quick search and discover this issue even exists in the first place.
Regardless of its effectiveness or lack thereof in practical application, the goal here is to RAISE AWARENESS. I doubt anyone was sincerely thinking this would somehow sway judges. Changing your profile pic is exactly the same as wearing a “Legalize gay” shirt out in public. If you are going to mock or belittle people for one, I expect to see you accosting a lot of t-shirt wearers in public.
If you’re hitting up Facebook with a bunch of snark about this, you’re being a jerk for the sake of being contrarian. There’s no reason to see this image and think anything other than “cool, marriage equality is a good idea”. People are publicly showing support in a way that raises awareness via our day and age’s version of word of mouth. The message this image is spreading is positive.
I think we can all agree that raising awareness is wonderful given that not too long ago even just the simple act of stating your opinion publicly on the subject would be taboo. When I see a sea of red equals on my timeline, it makes me happy that we seem to be progressing as a culture, albeit slowly.
Maybe the rest of you are just assholes.
Thanks everyone who does their best every day to be a positive impact on people’s lives, whether it is hosting an indie night to give people a place to play or just tipping your budtender when you re-up.