movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Mon Jan 04 2016, 06:04pm | 2 comments
I don’t think it’s as simple as he makes it seem. Ideally, the art you make should say something about the world, which means you have to live in that world, participate in it, in order to learn about it.
The internet is commonly said to be a huge distraction to artists; on the other hand, it’s also where a lot of ideas are aired, conversations are had, obsessions are indulged, and communities form. (It’s also the medium of choice for a lot of artists!) In other words it’s where a lot of people live their intellectual, social, and emotional lives, like it or not. If you swear it off completely, you risk cutting yourself off from a huge area of human concerns (both petty and profound) and human expression. That may or may not be detrimental to your art — depending on whether you think an artist should stand apart from other people, or embrace them and meet them where they are.
Aye. People who do nothing but write don’t write stuff worth reading.
Self-discipline in the face of distractions has been necessary since well before the Internet. Writing is work.
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