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Posted
22 April 2009 @ 7am

Consumption Guilt

We spend more and more time consuming other peoples’ life by-products: subscribing to their blogs, reading their tweets, looking at their photos.

I don’t create enough in my day to day: I’m tired of seeing everyone else’s muse expressed, and not indulging mine.

Worse though, is how widespread this is: it reaches far further than my own little immature existential crisis. Too many of us aren’t producing anything worthwhile: not making art, not writing anything interesting or thought-provoking, not contributing anything more than body heat to the collective human existence.

Our generation is going to start feeling guilty about that. It should. We’re wrapped up in meta-meta-meta-news, republishing and reblogging the commentary on another blog about some article written discussing some article. It’s just miserable, watching the same regurgitated bits float across the wire, only barely modified from one URL to the next.

Write a letter to an old friend. Take a photo, even if it is just of your cat. Shoot a video. Skateboard down a mountain. Hike back up it. Define your existence in your own terms, not as a combinatoric equation of other peoples’ lives.


Fuck meta. Go make something.


3 Comments

Posted by
vfb
22 April 2009 @ 8am

So you’re saying: make more things to blog about so others can comment and blog about it?


Posted by
seanreilly
22 April 2009 @ 8am

skateboard down a mountain? that sounds like a great way to remove the most creative and fun types from the gene pool, thus making the problem worse in the next generation!


Posted by
mzz
22 April 2009 @ 8am

I think our society now days are lacking a true grasp of reality and producing actual “physical” products. Take myself for example. Everything I create are on the computer such as websites or graphics, nothing you can physically touch or smell. All my latest achievements have been on building on my “virtual” social networking infrastructure rather than going out to make real friends. What’s next? How about just plug me into the matrix and get this over with.