Show Your Work!

I really really liked reading this post. It definitely gives little known perspective into the media and content that so many of us see online or in person on a daily basis. Creators do just that, create. They are the inventors of their own work, or the ones to alternate and change existing work. Creators are the life blood of all new content and are plentiful in the world around us. The creators that really get all the pieces right, and become well-known or influential, are the ones that nail many if not all of the points from this article.


I think for me the most important parts of this list were learning how to take a punch, or take criticism, and also to focus on the process and not the product. These two are probably the two things I need to work on the most, as I don’t often take criticism well, especially when delivered harshly. Constructive criticism I can live and work with, but trolls and people that only seek a reaction from a mean comment are not my favorites because I don’t effectively deal with them. In terms of process versus product, my thoughts are very similar to many of my generation: how can I make some product that’s better than someone else’s or gets me more attention. This is a very short-term, product focused mindset and often produces little if any real tangible success that holds its worth. To make a structure last, one needs to first build a solid base. Nobody runs before crawling, nobody builds a pyramid from the top down. The process in creating anything is the basis of success, and should be appreciated as such. Because of many media outlets, instant “fame” can be won by viral videos or something of the sort, but very few happened randomly over night. Often they are the result of many other tried and failed attempts, but eventually one caught on. This creates a feeling of instant gratification that also plagues our generation, and is further proof of how important hard work in the process of creating truly is. Nothing instant ever gratifies very long, because there’s no real substance, effort or thought put into the outcome, it just happened. Therefore people repeatedly keep seeking instant gratification but have no real way of replicating the process that gave results.


Learning to be aware of the two previous points, as well as the rest that come along with creation, will definitely aid my creativity and benefit in many more ways than just how to create better content for this class. I always look forward to a good challenge!


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