The tremendous American painter, N.C. Wyeth cautioned his children against spending too much time watching movies- warning them that movies would rob them of their imaginations. I wonder what the great illustrator would say about the intensely violent, hyper-real video games we allow our children to play these days. Thoughts?
I remember back in the day (the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's) when we worried about our children merely being witness to nearly 11,000 violent crimes on the television by the age they turned 12. Every one worried about this regardless of their politics. Lot's of studies showing the negative effects this practice had and has on our children. I wonder what happened to all that concern? Is it all better now that kids can get busy virtually shooting a person in the head rather than just watch it happen? And yet now, here we are funneling tremendously intense, horribly graphic violence to our children on a daily basis which requires their not just observing this trash but, god help us, participating in it. Please, somebody help me understand why I'm supposed to feel good about a Forbes Magazine study that says it's nothing to worry about.
I remember the day my teacher advised me to steer clear of self promotion-
"Don't invest your time and energy in creating hype about your work. Let that be somebody else's job. And don't call yourself an "artist". Let others label you as such, should they choose. To be called an "artist" is an honor. It's nice- but don't worry about it. You're a painter, a writer- that's you're job and your love. If the hype happens, well, good. But that's really none of your business. You're business is to master your craft, not talk about it. All the rest is just hype."
And then they created this thing called "social networking".