I have a famous published musician and composer in my ranks of readers. We’ve been having some very thought provoking conversations, which I’ve found very useful and interesting. I thought I’d bring them to the opinion crowd’s attention, as I always learn something when I blog for opinion.
The current question is one of “Blogging for the audience” or as my reader put it “play to the gallery”. It’s essentially a term used in politics for politicians who don’t actually do anything useful, original or that they are paid to, they basically just please the people. Dictionary defines as – “to behave in a way intended to make people admire or support you”
So that’s one half of the paradox, a people pleasing moron, who’s a trained monkey essentially. The audience says “Jump” and the performer says “How high ?”. It’s at the extreme someone who doesn’t really hold any opinions, everything for other people and for the moment. Sycophantic fool ?
The other half of the paradox is the starving artist, activist, designer or whatever. He (or she) doesn’t do what he’s told, he does exactly what he wants or what’s congruent with what he believes. So the audience says “Jump” he might say “F**K off” or he might say “No” or he might say “It’s not congruent with who I am, so no I’m not doing that” or might even be “Yes”, but never “Yes, how high” and so on, I think you get the picture.
At this side of the paradox, ideas are rigid and fixed, opinionated in the extreme. The EXTREMELY opinionated person can be very predictable and uninteresting, and infuriating to talk to. Starts to be a rather one way conversation/relationship if ideas can’t be shared and flexibility enough is present to discuss and learn. If all things are decided, known, categorised, then what room is there for learning and growing ?
Does the starving artist continue blindly painting dog poo on canvasses in the hope that someday he’ll be recognised for the brilliance of dog poo art. Or does he think about what other people like to see on the canvass (a nice sunset perhaps LOL) … Or perhaps he’s the next Einstein developing the next theory of relativity that’ll make time travel possible and make us all immortal. Does he continue with his work, recognised or unrecognised … or do something like design slick websites that people like to use, or perhaps make gadgets to make our lives easier, and people like to use ?
Extremes, I know, I’ve said it to illustrate either side of a paradox – writing on either side of an opinion.
Personally sometimes I blog to the audience, sometimes they blog to me, and sometimes I blog to myself. Blogging has changed from the originally intended “web log”, a long list of numbered diary entries, into something much more social and interactive. Social intelligence I’d say incorporates a degree of opinionatedness, rigidity, unchangeable self and a degree of flexibility, being shaped by others. That’s relational, sycophantic people pleaser isn’t, and the arrogant opinionist isn’t either.
Someone asked me a for a photo of a big gold Buddha. I published nearly 200 photos as a result of one’s day’s shoot. My photography and post processing/digital darkroom improved tremendously as a result. I didn’t do it for the ladies that asked, I did it for me. I am however very grateful for their support and encouragement, it was fun for me, and fun for them. I grew, I learnt and succeeded. I love taking photos, I love the visual side of “creating” and I love that others love what I do. It’s a win-win as I see it.
Another someone recently asked me to take some photos of fruit and vegetable markets in Thailand. I didn’t say “I don’t do markets only sunsets”, but I took it as an opportunity to try something new, that I haven’t done before. Who knows or cares if the audience will like it, or not, I’ll enjoy doing, but not as a sycophant. For me it’s more like two friends enjoying doing stuff together.
Just my take, what do you guys think ?
Lastly thanks again to my musician/composer reader, very insightful thanks for “pushing” me 🙂
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