What do you need? Who cares?
I, like many, struggle with how technology is permeating our lives. I dig it, I use it. Still, my weary old timer inner self is cautious and concerned. I know my nature, how quickly I can change to rely on a tool or framework. (In the same way you can become entirely reliant on a certain rib or trimming tool). How adaptable we are, perhaps in a unidirectional manner. I am not convinced adaptation is always the wisest route. If we look at any governed interface we see that perimeters of use are implemented before a thing is made public. Libraries for instance have rules to make the system run well and benefit the majority and individual. Everything has a standard operating procedure for optimal use (kilns and toasters included). Rules are to keep a user in check.
We in that past have had clear societal and operational codes of conduct for things and self. However here, now, in this time of great tech we are in the position to write those codes ourselves on a small social scale, that with social media might have bigger implications. The individual through practice can establish group etiquette where society and operational code have not established them. Sure, don’t put your elbows on the table, don’t talk with food in your mouth, don’t talk on your cell phone in the library, on the bus, in the cafe? Don’t post un accredited news on your Facebook account? How many times is it acceptable to drop your phone in a glaze bucket? When it comes to social interaction it is the human norm to act as groups to create codes of conduct organically through time. But perhaps the individual should take into account their influence on and by the interface and group. My interest here goes beyond simple etiquette, a morphing beast, a thing that does not have abounding clear principles but rather takes effort to establish with each group in each environment. When it comes to social interaction it is the human norm to act as groups to create codes of conduct organically through time. But perhaps the individual should take into account their influence on and by the interface and group. Who values what action? What it beneficial and interesting and what is offensive? There are no clear ubiquitous answers. So self imposed rules seem like a much needed public statement to create calm from the chaos.
So what do you need? Who cares?
Ayumi Horie has established instagram rules for herself that I might suggest you take a gander at. on her website.
I of course have different needs and surmise that different people care about my postings then her- hence our rules are different. I am the generation and mindset that lumps personal and professional together more then not. Where work days don’t have set hours or locations (for an interesting tid bit on the history of the cubicle and work space culture check out Episode 250 of Spark on CBC) I am the young and novice persuasion that I am my pots, that all life influences them, my filter is getting stronger though and not just the instagram one. (In a year I will surely read this and cringe.)
According to Ayumi I have a mere 20 days left of being of the appropriate age to share selfies (It better be a good look’n 20 days). Bah- I say if you look good and feel good and have something beneficial, joyous and neat to share- share it. Here is the weariness: I know addiction can set in and quantity diminish quality, the value to you and others of a post can be changed by your posting etiquette. I wonder about rarity in interaction and the potency there in. It is so easy just to zombie-scroll through all the content we are asked to see. I want to live in a world where interactions are sincere and meaningful. I believe whole heartedly in open-source, transparent making, access to information and the power of story and community. Things that social media can and should foster. But when is it all too much? When is it not real and unthoughtful? (Listen to Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast Episode 61, for some thought on thoughtfulness and the purpose of media for Galloway, Kieffer and Kline). Instagram at first was simply the easiest way to upload pictures to my flickr account- a self-cataloging resource for my personal reference, that just happens to be semi-public. Now my thoughts to these things are changing. Follow me @bpracticalpottery you can see my latest on the Blog side bar or follow online or through the app. My story annually takes me through intense making in the winter studio and time for thought in the summer. So scroll back for in process shots and get ready for a lot of linking and featured food and pots this a summer.
As an experiment I have said goodbye to FB and am resolved to say hello again, it being a ceramic tool I cherish and a personal one a query. Search B Practical Pottery and add to your feed for neat daily ceramic links. (See potter Kristen Kieffer’s instructions if you need to know how to do this on her See What you Like post)
Panel discussions at this NCECA flit and flattered over what content is good content for our social media- our ceramic social media and our ceramic works themselves. I question that all the time for this blog (Tell me, what is it you’d like to discuss feel free to shoot me an email anytime: email@example.com) Social media by premiss is very good at connecting like-minded individuals. This is wonderful for getting your foot in the door to neat things, shows and opportunity (I am forever grateful for how instagram has opened people’s studio lives up to me) but is amazingly like preaching to the choir when it comes to the group. Perhaps this is my reason for blogging- it is open, not bound by my social groupings or frameworks. We need to actively invite people into our lives, our studios, our thoughts. With the effort this take and the questionable benefit to oneself. I wonder, where are our feedback loops? Are we just sending well meaning data into the void? So I put forth to you- comment, like and discuss, take a moment to absorb the content you are faced with before scrolling, flipping and flicking your way to more, and I will try and do the same. We have the chance to make something dynamic and multifaceted for the ceramic field and our daily lives.