Facebook stock is up 40%.
Apparently the “biness” is growing; meaning there are more users. It is also developing, or has developed, a
mobile app; meaning more people are on it, in more places, at all times. But it is revenue that makes stocks go up,
not mere usage, and Facebook revenue seems to be up as well. Good for Facebook and its stock owners. A company that produces fuck-all and makes
money selling advertising is doing better than the broader stock market with
stocks of companies that actually produce tangible goods. Granted Facebook “produces” a communication
environment; and god knows, maybe those communicating on it actually exchange productive
…I miss the days when I used to come to my blog freely and
just write whatever came to mind. These days I feel
more self-conscious: paranoia assumes a viewer.
God knows why, for the chances of people actually reading what I write in this miasma of
information that surrounds us is very low, random, and in the end, quite meaningless (though once upon a time, it actually got read with consequences)
Assuming a viewer can sometimes be a good thing. I do think it can help
one grow as an artist; but it can also act as a barrier to work. What’s all that bullshit (though not such bullshit) Lacan said about the
toddler facing himself in the mirror and “realizing” that his ego is formed by “others”
(or some such thing), leading to all kinds of neurosis? In theory: part and parcel of growing up…old(er).
Sometimes I get blocked in the studio for the same reason I stopped blogging as often as I used to. Time to bust up the mirror. As that despicable man and sometimes great artist (Picasso) said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is
how to remain an artist once we grow up."
"Raving Artist" might be a misleading title. Yes I usually rave, and yes, I am more of an artist than not, depending on the definition of the word. But most of the stuff I write here is not about art. In the end, this is just one more blog about nothing in particular by nobody in particular. I write because I like to do it; or more specifically, because "vira e mexe" ("every now and then", but more like "every now") something tweaks me and compels me to do it. I find that this is as good a place as any in which to dump my thoughts; and moreover, I am always pleasantly surprised when someone actually reads it. ...That being said, I do feel guilty about the ridiculously enormous amounts of energy it takes to run the servers that power our contemporary living.... oh well, outasite outamind...