We live in a world today where most of the visual and written work that we produce is judged by an extremely unrelated factor. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all have extremely quick “decay rates.” Have you posted to twitter in the last 2 hours? The problem with this phenomena is a loss of perspective.
As the internet has evolved, almost every information channel on the internet has placed a priority on time. A post that has half the quality of another, but twice the recency, has a good chance of receiving more attention.
Recency is now factored into how much attention your work gets.
The reality is, time based media has worked to produce massive engagement online. The focus on recency in how our art or craft is distributed has attached a value factor that has no bearing on it’s actual quality.
It doesn’t matter how great your photo is, how thoughtful your tweet, if it is not recent, in the world of time-based media consumption, it simply isn’t relevant.
We are less able to learn from the past and as a result we have less ability to think about our future. The irony is not lost on me that I am posting this on a blog / social media.
My thought here is we should be cognizant of how recency is affecting the way that we observe the world and what we create. The art that isn’t trending might be the thing to pay attention to.
The lesson to me is to slow down and become a little more awake.
Categories: The old adage goes, “You can talk about anything, except religion and politics.” On this blog, I guess I throw that advice out the window.
My hope is that you find this blog an outlet to those lingering thoughts that you find in the back of your mind.
Those things, that at least for me, I am usually not bold enough to say.
In this post, I can feel that I will probably hit on both religion and politics. Pew research and many blogs analyzing their research has made a big deal lately out of the rise of the “Nones”, those people who identify no particular religious affiliation.