I'm starting another blog.

Not because I’m all that narcissistic or think that I’m really full of that many interesting things to say, (though lets face it, I totally am) but because my art blog is getting cluttered. I think I’ve fallen into a trap I promised myself I never would. When I reluctantly started blogging is was because I wanted to be able to update anyone who was interested in what artwork I was doing on a regular basis. It started ok, a few notes here, a couple reblogs there, I was feeling ok about it. I don’t know when I began reblogging other peoples stuff that I found interesting, and don’t really care enough to explore my own archives to find out, but it turns out that when you do such a thing, you immediately get more attention. People like to view, comment, like, and reblog stuff they’ve already heard of. It’s really difficult to keep my stupid elitist view on the entire concept of blogging, when I myself like to share with people. When I find a toy I want, or want to review a movie I’ve seen, or want to comment on the Wall Street Protests, it’s really easy to load a photo from a URL or reblog someone’s post. It’s not that I think that my own opinion on this is all that interesting, but I have several followers and everyone on Facebook who will see this stuff, who might also like to see whatever it is I’ve stumbled upon. This in itself is a flawed argument. Anyone who cares that much is more likely to find these things on Reddit or StumbleUpon, but that’s not the point. 

Anyways, the reason I’m going to  begin blogging on a new blog (That’s 3 now, including ATI for those of you keeping score), is so I have an outlet to share “internet stuff” while keeping my art blog for only my own art, or things that are directly relatable. I think it hit a low point last week when I posted a Futurama meme and it got 37 reblogs. 37. My own artwork, which I posted just a few moments later, got 9. I realize that it is because Futurama is well known, everybody likes Fry and memes, and everyone likes Friday jokes. (I’m ashamed at myself for making a Friday joke in the first place) BUT as I said before, I allowed myself to get sucked into a world of reblogging that I never wanted my Art Blog to be used for. My bad. 

My new blog is called “I’m just as bad as you.” Get it? (justasbad.tumblr.com) It’s not a rip on you specifically, I don’t even know who you are, mysterious reader. It’s so that I can get the momentary gratification of reblogging a picture of a cat and get 100 reblogs, without compromising the integrity of my original artwork.
I’m admitting that my mentality on blogging previously may have been a bit misguided and unfair. Most bloggers on Tumblr are not terribly concerned with their own daily stories of trips to Wal Mart and how many burritos they ate this week. They actually share interesting things that they found, they just want to show their friends. I owe everybody on here an apology for making incorrect assumptions.

I’m not going to remove anything from the original blog that’s already there, I hope moving forward that the quality of the content goes up, and I know that the people who do comment on them are there for the art, not for Futurama. 

Thanks,
Brad 

Just As Bad.....

Today, I was eating a quesadilla with Tostitos salsa. I said to my friend, “You know, I really love the taste of Tostitos. A lot of people look down on it because it’s not organic, or because it’s not ethical.”

But as we sat there thinking about it, we remembered that organic food in the U.S.A. is not all it’s cracked up to be. The USDA’s National Organic Food Program specifies that only 95% of the final “organic” product has to be “organic” under USDA regulations- this is directly from their website, as well. These regulations are set in place by “standard-setting boards” and, increasingly, members of large food companies such as Whole Foods and General Mills sit on these boards. 

As most of us will probably have noticed, foods that are labeled “organic” sell for a much higher price than foods that are not. These large corporations have made regulations that make it easier to a) label their foods as organic while b) still keeping costs of production down of their food.

This is all besides the fact that many of these companies are ethically questionable in terms of their labour force- but that’s something to focus on in another post.

Essentially, the National Food Program’s regulations allow producers of “organic” food to have certain levels of nonorganic, synthetic additives that make those large corporations sitting on the board more money- which is all they care about in this capitalist based economy.

This is why we have come up with the title “Just As Bad As.” As we delve further into our studies of the world’s economy and cultures, we find more and more that there is almost no “good” or ethically moral alternative to many issues.

We’re not saying that you shouldn’t buy organic if you can afford it. Admittedly, it’s probably a healthier choice over “nonorganic” food. But we think it’s important to recognize that there are levels of corruption even in seemingly “better”, “healthier” alternatives.

This, essentially, will be the theme of our blog- bringing awareness to people who may not have time in their lives to learn all this stuff (and we’re in college, so this sort of stuff is ALL we think and talk about).

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