It’s that time of year for dramatic statements and long-shot resolutions. I have my own and I’m sure you do too. However, I’ve been feeling funny about this evening. Waiting for the clocks and calendars to flip to a brand new year, I can’t shake the feeling that something has left us and something else is coming. I’m pretty sure it’s not the Rapture, but I think it will effect us all. Particularly the “us” that use the world wide web.
I’ve got some shit to say after the jump.
A few things I’ve noticed over the course of 2010 (fair warning, blanket bummer statements below):
The bad new is…
The conversation has stopped.
Not entirely of course, but there are far fewer comments, @replies and links that actually entail a response. There’s a lot of “this is cool, so I’m posting it and you should look at it and like it,” with a response of “oh I do like that and here is my thing that is also cool so you should look at it.” Just check your Google Reader.
There are no professionals left.
Just listen to the story of the newspaper (or WATCH THE WIRE) and you’ll live through a nightmare of journalists who spent years in J school only to be pushed out of a position that made way for a popular blogger with more emoticons in their arsenal than credentials. The public is left with a less than objective point of view and the journalists are left with a tuition debt of over 100K. This of course, is not an epidemic unique to journalism. Do not get me started on all the people that have created a six figure salaried career out of being a “social media expert.” Not that I didn’t try but hey, I have no poker face when telling a 3 partner law firm that they’d increase their malpractice cases if only they had a blog and a Facebook page. I just can’t peddle that shit anymore.
The way we communicate with each other sucks.
I don’t enjoy the way we communicate anymore. My own mother refuses to call me and instead texts me at odd times of the day. Facebook connects us with the kids in high school that used to beat us up and we can’t help looking at their profile because it feels good to know that you’ve moved out of your hometown and they’ve just “checked in” to Walmart. As for us in the art blogosphere, the idea of an internet “community” seems more and more like a pool of mirrors. A superficial surface that cracks as soon as you step into it. We all seem to be agreeing with one another while there’s more point and post and less context, less human voices, less…communication. Also, doesn’t it feel like there are more curators and critics than creators?
The GOOD news is…
Whenever a year ends, a new one begins. It’s scientifically proven.
I feel something coming around the corner and though I don’t know exactly what it is, I’m going to be excited about it. I know I’m not the only one feeling this and so I know that there will be an inevitable shift in thinking and doing. That’s how it works. But how can we speed things up a bit and make 2011 even better than 2010? I don’t know. More making, less posting? More hands on, less scrolling? More creating, less commenting? I like it. I’m into it. I’ve been a critic with no credentials for the past few years but I don’t think I was always like that. So, the best thing I can do if I have a problem with 2010? As MJ said, start with the man in the mirror.
I’m going to get my hands on something…what are you going to do this year?