Get a Real Job! Why People Don't Take the Arts Seriously

Saturday, October 9th 2010

Of course, artists can be very serious. In a good way - they're concentrating. Sometimes they can be serious in a bad way, too. Pompous, perhaps? Egostistical. Insane? Seriousity reigns. Critics can be very serious, too. But we all know that!

But I don't mean those sorts of seriousness.

I mean a very particular type of seriousness.

No doubt, if you are a musician, artist, writer, poet, scultor, playwright, tried to start your own crazy business, etc, you have been told at some point:

  • You need a fallback position ...
  • Get a real job!
  • Why not just have it as a hobby?
  • You'll grow out of it!

Or all four. I know I have. That's the seriousness I mean.

Anyone who "grows up" has to perfect a Good Quality Serious like this. Serious, responsible Adults can do a a Good Quality Serious. They can do a Good Boring when it's required. Stuffy huff and puff. So that they sound responsible, serious and ... mature. They sounds competent in job interviews.

But teenagers dislike them. Kids yawn and wander off. But adults seem to accept it as part of growing up. They turn into their parents, in a way. Reality kicks in ...

You're Next!

Friday, October 8th 2010

You're Next!

Drelgeeer II Mark of the Darklords

Thursday, October 7th 2010

Drelgeeer II Mark of the Darklords

Lost Time

Wednesday, October 6th 2010

Being paid is compensation. Compensation for the loss of time spent working.

Buying stuff with the money you are paid is a substitute for real experience. Real experience takes time, after all. People buy instruments instead of playing them. Buy sports cars but don't race them. And so on.

Buying novel experience (holidays, for instance) usually means compressing more experiences into less time. So the net loss of time remains, but the lost experiences are balanced out to some degree.

It's a dilemma, though.

The culture of compensation for loss of time poses a dilemma. It actively encourages people not to live right now.

In traditional New Age traditions the emphasis, in one way or another, is on the "here and now". So, to some, it is a bit namby pamby and silly.

But we only ever seem to live right now.

Everything else is imagined. We imagine the future based on past experience. We recall experiences. But we always live right now.

The problem with subtituting purchases for real experience or novel experiences for lost experiences, is that you filter out everyday life. It becomes routine, habitual. Most experience is pre-prepared, packaged and uninteresting. You gradually atrophy mentally.

There is a strange logic to this, though.

The End of the Age of Authoritarian Information Processing Hierarchies

Tuesday, October 5th 2010

Worker Unit: Oh, hi , how's it going.

The MASTER: Worker Unit 92, how is Project X progressing?

Worker Unit: Sorry, what?

The MASTER: You must refer to me as The Master.

Worker Unit: Sorry, The Master, what is Project X?

The Master: Actually. Make that "O Mighty Master".

Worker Unit: O mighty master ....

The MASTER: No "The". And I do not detect sufficient grovelling.

Worker Unit: O Mighty The MASTER ...

The MASTER: Correct. Proceeed.

Worker Unit: Sorry, O Mighty The MASTER, what is Project X? I've got another project to complete and ...

The MASTER: It must be completed before dawn.

Worker Unit: But I still don't what it is!

The Master: That is not my concern. If you fail I will destroy you.

Imagine you have one person, let's call him Commander Y, talking to his boss, The MASTER. The boss, The MASTER, speaks in general terms.

The Orbital Battle Barge must allow me to command the Skies!

From Panic to 100 per cent Rock and Roll

Monday, October 4th 2010

From Panic to 100 per cent Rock and Roll

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