Fan collaboration shows that an artist has matured past his insecurities

          I was told in class once that inexperienced artists that don’t yet have an audience are most afraid to collaborate with fans. And true to form, during class most people, myself included, came up with consequences of collaborating with fans rather than finding any positive perspective. Since that day I have been thinking a little more about what it really means to collaborate with fans. The answer that recently struck me was that people grow a thick skin to criticism, strong conviction for their work and get past their insecurities all together. After that I began to think of all the ways an artist can collaborate with fans. I’ll only talk about two though.

          For literal artists, the best solution that I could think of was creating a space where your fans can actually try to perhaps make their own interpretation of the artist’s own work. There would have to be some kind of security though so perhaps any work that is intended to go within that fan area could have some kind of watermark or signature. This idea would need some work though since most people who follow artists closely, are most likely not artists themselves; or at least not near the same level of skill.

          The second is something every artist does now and then but it’s effective and so continues to propagate. Fan art is not only a way to show your fans that you at least appreciate their support but also that you look at what they comment. Often at this point of the artist’s career they are already communicating with fans so it may only add but it carries a special sentiment. What fan wouldn’t like to have something made for an artist they admire? Well, there is Alan Moore who actively resents any popularity his work may attract and hates all adaptations of his work.



Social Media may not be as great as many people seem to think

          The  most peculiar development of the last few decades to me will always be social media. It never really gelled with me as I don’t particularly care about how many “friends” I have and keeping up with everything that goes on with social media is a pain. That opinion however is a minority opinion in today’s world (Lenhart, 2015) where social media may even determine whether you might get hired or fired in case should someone find something you post “offensive” (Ryan Broderick and Emanuella Grinberg, 2013 & “14 Canadians who were fired for social media posts – Workopolis”, 2015). In other words within the last decade or so, mass social media adoption has caused a sharp increase in nihilism among what are now adults who will vote and shape the future among the world (“MercatorNet: Does modern technology promote pop culture nihilism?”, 2015). To me personally that doesn’t sound like the recipe for a successful future.

          There has been a drastic decrease of shared pain worldwide after World War II. The issues that would in the past have been solved by spilling blood, are solved by the United Nations through and the European Union by contract deals. While this did indeed makes Europe a safer place, in the long run it robbed the Europeans of their teeth as all of them significantly reduced their militaries and solved a majority of their problems through laws instead.

          Consequently social media rose out of the ashes but as of recently has been acting very authoritarian. Censoring any positive conservative news, banning people who have conservative viewpoints and manipulating their users emotions without consent BECAUSE SCIENCE! (“Forbes Welcome”, 2014). What we see in the coming rubble though is smaller sites like minds and vidme that, for now at least, have learnt the harsh truth of forsaking the free speech for a place where no one will be hurt and everyone will always laugh and smile.




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