[ROB]ots, Puppies & Stuf Nominated for The Sunshine Award!

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I have spent this past year blogging about art and life, curating pieces I’ve found around wordpress and sharing them as a celebration of talented people doing tremendously wonderful things. I’ve also given my thoughts on various subject, trying to add a humorous spin to them.

I also share my own journey in picking up drawing again. As a kid, I would draw superheroes all the time, and then, for some unknown reason, I just stopped for a good 10 years. But now I’m back! And I’m very grateful to accept this award.

I was thrilled to hear I had been nominated for the Sunshine Award!

The rules of this award are the following:
1) Use the Sunshine Award logo in the post.
2) Acknowledge the nominating blogger and show some appreciation by linking to their website.
3) Share a little blogging love by nominating 10 fellow bloggers “who positively and creatively inspire others” in the blogsphere & leave a comment on nominees’ blogs to tell them of the award.
4) Share 10 personal factoids to contribute to the blogger community.

Here goes…Starting with the logo.
First, an official one, then an artistic innovation by another blogger, and then my own adaptation.

Sunshine Award

A huge thank you to my good friend Virtually Riki for nominating me for this award. I’m very touched to be such an influence that I would make such a cool list of people. Riki is all about connecting and exploring with others to find insight, which I think is just an incredible life mission and fully support that cause. It is exciting to connect with wordpress bloggers who truly love the art of exploration, connection, learning and teaching!

10 bloggers deserving of kudos!

I love following artists. It’s what I do. I enjoy finding great art and amplifying it through my blog to others, sharing a little bit of beauty with the rest of my world. Here are my nominees for The Sunshine Award!

Illustrators

Unsworthbecky – http://unsworthbecky.wordpress.com
Fantastic, thought-provoking illustrations!

Doodleby – http://doodleby.wordpress.com
I think the doodle is the very genesis of art, and so doodleby gets a nod for their creations.

Sarah Goodreau – http://sarahgoodreau.com
Amazing Illustrations!

Luke-Matthew Iveson Illustration – http://lukematthewiveson.wordpress.com
Another great blog of illustrations!

Pottering About – http://richardtpotter.wordpress.com/
A blog full of clever pop-culture related illustrations.

KW Illustrates – http://kwillustrates.wordpress.com
Illustrations and tales from the journey of both teaching drawing and experiencing it.

Abrian C Illustration Blog – http://musicalcheshire.wordpress.com
A blog complete with whimsical illustrations.

Artists & Curators

The Heart of Art – http://bryannachapeskie.wordpress.com
A curator of great art and artists.

Vera Tataro Art – http://veratataro.wordpress.com
An awesome collection of art from Vera. Multi-discipline and broad accessibility for any lover of art.

Doron Art – http://doronart.com/
A gifted, self-taught painter and a very supportive blogger.

About Me

Since this has already been a pretty full post by my standards, I’ll be taking time in my next post to talk about myself so people can get to know me.

Inside the Social Media Echo Chamber

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Our ideas are flawless. We have become convinced. We are above reproach, beyond any feeble attempt to argue. Our profile is the collection of a life lived 2 parts digitally, only 1 part physically. Friendships are built on assumed qualities of others, not necessarily the qualities made known by constant interaction. Intimacy is no longer necessary to know and be known, at least on the surface.

Our greatest desire in social media (an inner desire perhaps) is to have constructed a grandiose echo chamber, in which our own ideas bounce and reverberate through other people. We share and like and re-post and comment to stake our personality in the sameness of others. Bold, black and white comments on society, religion, politics, taxes, healthcare, lifestyle, demographics… all just pieces of paper that we stick to our digital bodies like fashionable clothing. None of it truly us, nor anyone else, but all of it a mass of meaning if it were to be taken seriously.

But some don’t take it seriously. What is most displeasing is the dissent of a lone negating comment. We grimace at the contrarian and roll our eyes in befuddled anguish as our echo is cut off by a stray wall of contrary delight. Suddenly the papers on our digital self are wrinkling, crumbling in the breeze.

But instead of reassessing our social media stance, we gather more paper to stitch together a persona. We all wear masks, hide the true and distinguishing qualities, in favor of appearances. And so the false intimacy gained by social media is an assumption of the laziest order. We look at photos and think of what it must’ve been like to be there, but we rarely make any effort to ask the questions that would give us that knowledge. We continue with the assumptions, live off the fantasy of a hundred lives we’ve never lived, nor care to understand them if the opportunity was ever presented. We create paper dolls of other people, other profiles, personas and put them on stage to develop some vague narrative of lives outside of our own.

What questions do we ask now?

Do we continue living inside the bubble: the echo chamber?

Do we live an assuming life, drawing conclusions from vague messages, photos and events or do we draw from questions asked between friends?

Sorry for the rant, I was just thinking about this in the morning and thought I’d share my brain with the internet. Oops.

(echo chamber graphic can be found here.)