“A painting is a visual path that looking follows. A musical composition does the same for listening. Art is a summoning of attention. To create it requires the highest directed focus, as does experiencing it.”—
“Impossible is a concept that makes one’s heart laugh and throw peanuts at the television.”—
As a wise woman advised, don’t determine what is impossible before it’s even possible.
“Much has always been made of the fact that Koons is in league with the plutocrats and once worked on Wall Street, selling commodities. But he’s always been quick to refuse the art world’s carefully patrolled shibboleths—that work has personal meaning, that it must contain some social criticism, that it express ambivalence about the art market. Koons does not make ambivalent work, which is his way of giving people what they actually enjoy: a lavishly elevated version of mass-cultural charisma. [...] It is often said that an artist like Koons works at the top of the art world... But it would probably be more accurate to say that he works above the art world... beyond the reach of critics, curators, other artists and other dealers who make up what is usually called the art Establishment. That Establishment doesn’t just ignore the work of the unknown artist but also, for the most part, that of the world-famous—especially Koons, Hirst, and Murakami, who have become so big and so rich it no longer seems important to have opinions of them. Instead, they are talked about as cultural phenomena about which one should have ideas—balloon dogs, reality television, Occupy Wall Street.”—Carl Swanson’s fantastic profile of Jeff Koons in New York Magazine.
HOW TO PROVE YOUR ELDERS WRONG
Imagine you walk into a room and everyone in the audience is 15 years your elder. Or, maybe you’re in a business meeting and you’re the youngest tenured employee. Imagine what preconceived notions you’re battling against before you even open your mouth.
“Who does he think he is?”
“She’s too young.”
“He has to ‘pay his dues’ before I trust him.”
If you’ve been following this blog, then I know that your reaction to any of these thoughts is “I’ll show them not to doubt me”. The question I ask you is, “How do you plan to do that”? You’re battling against tradition, a stigma of being too young, perceived immaturity, and naivete. How will you fight against that onslaught of hurdles?
It’s simple, you face it head on. You own the responsibilities laid on you and embrace them. Whether you’re starting at a new job, or finally decide to control your own career, you embrace your responsibilities through managing your personal brand. First big move: Survey the Landscape.
Whether you have to formally talk with other people, or locate formal documentation, you need to know the following things to start:
What does success look like in your environment?
How does your brand’s value proposition fit into this framework?
What do you want to accomplish?
Who can you trust that would be a willing, and knowledgeable, mentor?
It’s very hard to argue with success. It’s even harder to argue with consistent success. It’s impossible to argue with success that helps everyone else succeed. You may have been raised to never question your elders but, would you rather follow tradition or blaze your own path?
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It was understandable to begin with, but i am getting seriously aggravated by the contrast of people on the internet that take things seriously, and that deliberately don’t, this is especially shown on Tumblr when people reblog posts about idiots who think it’s ok to joke about rape, gays, etc…
Truth is there will always be very serious things that people joke about because they’re lacking morals or because they’re psychologically trying to avoid the serious nature of the matter, you just have to deal with it.
A very high percentage of these people probably wouldn’t actually rape somebody, or kill somebody, or shout obscenities at a passing homosexual, so stop taking them so fucking seriously and find something intelligent to talk about, moaning about false criminals on the internet isn’t going to get you anywhere, go to a fucking protest if you want to change something.
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“However, in the midst of this routine, I urge you to remember that in every course, every department, every major, we are all searching for truth. Truth may be revealed to us in a chi-square table with a p value of .05 or less or in a metaphor in a poem written by someone who lives in the tundra or the tropics. It may appear to us in an argument written originally in Latin more than two thousand years ago or in the words of an acquaintance in a chance encounter in a dormitory hallway. We may find truth in a discourse that presents to us a perspective very different from the ones to which we are accustomed, whether that perspective draws from a different political consciousness, a different way of seeing our local community, or a different language or culture. Truth challenges us, outrages us, inspires us, and changes us, but we must be open to the encounter. Sometimes we may be reading or listening to the words of someone whose background is so different from ours we may be tempted to dismiss the message as not relevant to the way we see the world. I urge you to be mindful and present, because the unexpected message may actually find resonance in you: As the narrator of Ralph Ellison’s novel, The Invisible Man, explained: “Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?”—The Dean of Culture and Society at TCNJ, Benjamin Rifkin
i hate that people think that just cause they say something that is semi intelligently phrased that they think that means it’s true. just read this from a random blog when i searched feminism “The gender roles are universal and have been around since the beginning of time”
like wut, take an anthropology course crazy or don’t say such generalized statements. the gender roles we’re brought up with are completely different than many other cultures. some have it completely opposite with strong women who work and provide and sensitive men who raise the children, and some even have a third gender like in parts of India. like dat shit cray that people believe the gender roles in the US are universal and have been around forever. oh lawwwwrd
but i guess if you say it in an “intelligent” matter that it’s gotta mean you know what youre talking about!
that’s why i say dat shit cray. cause i got facts on my side. oh yeah burn
As I mentioned in my previous post about the Lance Armstrong story, the actual pathology behind the whole affair is its status as a “pseudo-event,” a term coined by the late Daniel Boorstin in his magnificent book (first published in 1962!), The Image (which I highly recommend reading). Here’s how Boorstin defines the term:
“A pseudo-event, then, is a happening that possesses the following characteristics:
- It is not spontaneous, but comes about because someone has planned, planted, or incited it. Typically, it is not a train wreck or an earthquake, but an interview.
- It is planted primarily (not always exclusively) for the immediate purpose of being reported or reproduced. Therefore, its occurrence is arranged for the convenience of the reporting or reproducing media. Its success is measured by how widely it is reported. Time relations in it are commonly fictitious or factitious; the announcement is given out in advance “for future release” and written as if the event had occurred in the past. The question, “Is it real?” is less important than, “Is it newsworthy?”
- Its relation to the underlying reality of the situation is ambiguous. Its interest arises largely from this very ambiguity. Concerning a pseudo-event the question, “What does it mean?” has a new dimension. While the news interest in a train wreck is in what happened and in the real consequences, the interest in an interview is always, in a sense, in whether it really happened and in what might have been the motives. Did the statement really mean what it said? Without some of this ambiguity a pseudo-event cannot be very interesting.
- Usually it is intended to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. The hotel’s thirtieth-anniversary celebration, by saying that the hotel is a distinguished institution, actually makes it one.
Boorstin’s insights are all the more remarkable in that he both traces the origins of this sort of information manufacturing in the early part of the twentieth century and catalogues its consequences in his time and beyond. Of particular interest to him was the dawn of the age of celebrity- or hero-worship as a necessary complement to any pseudo-event. This troubling development would not only infect our culture (especially as it became amplified by the advent of the photograph and the television), but more importantly with it also our politics.
There’s no possible way out of this trap today, of course. We have to live with this beast given its centrality to human cognition. But it’s surprising to me how quickly we have given up on talking about it. Just a little over a decade ago when I was an undergraduate in Canada I remember being at least made aware of historical and theoretical studies on the effect of public spectacles and manufactured events on everyday politics. Marshall McLuhan’s theories were taught alongside those by Weber and Rawls, and it was back then when I first became aware of “the image” aspect of world politics.
Alas, today’s curricula - outside a handful of rigorous programs in critical media studies or global politics - scarcely dare to broaden the scope of inquiry beyond the conventional (i.e. uncontroversial, “value-neutral”) canon.
At the same time, I think it’s important not to fetishize the importance of such concepts. Pseudo-events are a regrettable side-effect of late-modern capitalist society, but life still goes on in spite of their rude interruptions. One simply has to realize that in today’s society one has to make a serious effort to create the default conditions of an authentic life. It’s a difficult, solo task; but one which is filled with quiet rewards which are more often than not impossible to even verbalize.
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Me: How does your fiscal year look like for end last year?
M1: I wish you and your forthcoming generations to constantly vomit green mucus and find fiery red clumps of blood clots up your assholes, asshole.
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Me: What do you think about the LIONS XII recent six-game unbeaten run in the Malaysia Cup?
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Me: What the hell?
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