You just broke the internet

Tag : communications

15 Mar 2017

One of the saddest things about internet discussion is how it brings out hostile discourse. Maybe I shouldn’t say it brings out because internet discussion doesn’t do anything. Only the participants can actually bring something to it. I think of all the time wasted in personal attacks, anger and unnecessary fighting and wonder how much better we could make this world if each individual made a firm choice not to bring such things to the discussions. At best, someone ends up making a conscious decision not to continue in such discussions, walking away from them. Communication is then lost along with what benefits come from it.

2017 and so many of us on edge with our heals dug in and our fences securely in place around our respected positions menacingly shaking our fists and proclaiming “I will not be moved” – which is to say I will not consider anything different than my views nor will I change despite whatever is presented to me that could alter my process.

Walk away from it? Stay out of such discussions? Never participate? Sure. These are all solutions that we come to, but always at the expense of communication that teaches, provides learning and fosters growth. I look around at this mess and mutter “no wonder.”

23 Feb 2015
Keep your clothes on

or take them off if you want. It doesn’t matter to me. What I’m interested in is creating art. From your bio I get that you want to do that, too, so I’m writing to say “let’s get it up and put something together.”

If your first response is to ask me what do I have in mind then this conversation is finished; although it’s completely fair of you to ask that question of someone who is contacting you about working together. That’s a natural response. I’m just not writing you to pitch some concept for you to evaluate and decide if it will fit your needs.

I’ve done that too many times in the past and all it got me was a bunch of conversations about a plan, but when it came down to getting it done all I got was excuses, sorry’s and a creative idea put back on the shelf. I hope you’ll forgive my tone if I come off as a bit defensive or exasperated. I’m simply looking for people in this town who are into creating some art via pictures.

It’s a collaboration that I’m after. You said that you want to create art and I want someone to help me do that, but I want that someone to be as invested in it as I am. If all you’re after is someone to plug you into his/her idea then we’re not a good fit.

I’ve looked at your portfolio. Lot’s of older stuff. Take a look at mine and you’ll see the same, only lesser amounts. My newer stuff is of better quality, but it’s tepid because I haven’t found someone trying to make that personal investment of creativity. What I can tell is that you take on the challenge. That’s what I’m looking for.

I don’t have a specific idea or style that I’m fixed to. I just have ideas that are spurred by my feelings regarding things and I want to express them. I want to make statements with my images, not just something cool to look at.

If the idea of collaborating with some shluck hack like me picks your interest holler back. Maybe we can put something together. If it doesn’t, then thanks for your time in reading this.

Peace be with you,

Speaking out loud of my frustration (desperation)?
Call it a whispered scream.