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Diary of an artist, Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Woke up 5:00 am.
So am I saying that we can live without social media in this day and age? Yes, I believe that in the 21st century one can live without social media presence.
Will it be weird to the majority of people if someone doesn’t have social media presence in the 21st century? If the trend persists and more and more people will be using social media (when the generations of people born prior to social media world will no longer be around) I guess it will be more and more weird.
It’ll be as weird as not having a phone or a TV set in the last decades of the 20th century, or as not having a smartphone today. Or as being a regular middle class family in today’s world and not wanting to send (or not sending) your child to college, or not asking your child what he or she wants to be when he or she grows up, or not talking about people’s youth as the most important time in a person’s life (when the quality of someone’s life will be determined), to use as an example different types of social trends.
But there is always a choice and certain people can choose not to have what everybody else has, not to be in places in which the majority of people are, or not to behave the way the majority behaves.
This (this mimicking other people’s behavior) is especially visible when it comes to being successful in life. The majority of people still understands success the conventional way, and I don’t think it will change anytime soon. They understand it as having something they can show to others as a visible (tangible) proof of their success (or successes). Something which gives you the opportunity to brag.
The public recognition (as an artist or a writer for example), the accolades, the rewards, the followers or the subscribers (at least 10K), the number of views (at least 1M), the invitations to speak or appear here and there, the ability to make shitload of money (and make it look like you do it all with ease — because if you need three jobs for that you still won’t be viewed as someone who’s killing it). Those kinds of things.
Chasing money, recognition, growing your following or increasing the number or views seems the goal of the majority of young people nowadays. Why? Because that’s how almost all of them understand success nowadays. Success is when you do or have what the successful people do or have. And who are the successful people? The ones with public recognition (as an artist or a writer for example), accolades, rewards, followers or subscribers (at least 10K), impressive number of views (at least 1M), invitations to speak or appear here and there, ability to make shitload of money (and make it look like you do it all with ease).
It is hard not to fall into this trap. I guess I fell into it myself to a certain degree (and am constantly on the verge of falling deeper and deeper into it).
I call it a trap because to me it is a trap. It’s the same trap as needing a middle class life, needing a college degree, and at a certain point having an established career and in your 40s already being somebody if not in this world then at least in your community, which I guess will be more and more the success symbols of the past as new types of success symbols are replacing them.
Today other things already matter to young people — influencer status, being a YouTube personality (someone many people know from YouTube), number of views, having your own startup, YouTube channel, being a youthpreneur — entrepreneur before you become an adult (I’m not sure this term exists), having some cool small manufacturing company (like your small socially responsible and sustainable clothing company or a brand of natural cosmetics, etc.), traveling the world and writing a blog about it (which you then turn into a book), having your own podcast, meeting celebrities, having passion (or something you’d call your passion), having a work-life balance, working out, eating healthily, having some interesting story to tell (ideally something about your transformation with before and after photos — like when you quit one thing and start something else, divorce your asshole spouse and become a new person, get a life coach who transforms your mindset, etc.). But essentially it’s the same crap. Wanting to prove yourself to others, wanting to be viewed as a successful human being by others. Having those symbols and being able to tell others “Look! I am killing it!”
Audiobooks (since my last diary entry):
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell (20 min., on YouTube)
YouTube videos and movies (since my last diary entry):
Quentin Tarantino, Director of Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction & More: A Life in Pictures
“If You Really LOVE IT, You Can DO IT!” — Quentin Tarantino — Top 10 Rules
Quentin Tarantino 2014 Interview with Robert Rodriguez (Part 1)
Mindhunter Episode #2.3 (on Netflix) Finished it.
Music for this writing session: Frédéric Chopin (on spotify)