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Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 11, 2009, 12:19 PM
  • Listening to: Sublime
  • Reading: Paradise Lost
  • Playing: Sherlock Holmes vs Arsene Lupin
  • Drinking: Peach Tea
Just read a book called Sway, a psychological treaties regarding why we as people make illogical and counter-productive choices. Even choices that effect our entire lives.

In order to make life easier on ourselves, we create shortcuts to deciding what kind of things merit our attention and consideration. We assign values to things.

In the art community, we assign value to art based on cues surrounding the art. The artist himself, and the kinds of people who are already giving the artist attention are such cues. If I suddenly posted photography of the quality we see among the geniuses in this community, it would not receive the same kind of attention.
Just take a look at my cues. How much of my art is already outstanding? How many of the people with whom I communicate on dA are already outstanding? I simply do not fit the part. Rather than think, "Wow, this guy is a diamond in the rough, why has no one noticed this before?", it far easier for us to think, "Oh, look at how he writes journals, his forums posts, his page views, and the kinds of comments people leave on his page. Nothing too special, his art must therefore be nothing special either".

Yes, it's unfair. That is however, just how we have come to think and process information - it saves us time and effort when sifting through the myriad of terrible people and their terrible works of art.

While reading the book, I was reminded instantly of Kafka's short story "The Hunger Artist". It's a humorous and bitter portrayal of how our perception of the artist is necessary for our perception of his art.

tl;dr - Your art is great. Everyone else is just too busy and presumptuous to let you know.


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x-TheMadHatter-x Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
thank you for the comment :D
mrdean Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
I'll see you in Nilbog.
Camicarmen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the comments. I love the yellow light that the lights spread at night, it makes a totally diffrent atmosphere... And its even better if u can catch it as a picture ;)
tylerbryan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
thanks for the fav!
JessicaMulligan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010   Photographer
thank you so much for the fav! youve got a fantastic gallery! nice work keep it up =D
lilmoomoo Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
Your photography is beautiful.
mrdean Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
i need you to come home this friday night. home alone is the midnight movie. your are going.
the-felix Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Come to my place.
I have to work that night.
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