Well I have managed to get a fair amount of creative time back into my life which is pretty good. One of my close friends said he missed me on Instagram and Facebook so I reinstated Instagram to kind of pretend to be normal. The issue I have is multitasking and attention. I can get quite obsessed with looking at social media just to see what is going on in a bigger picture sense but I found I wasn’t necessarily getting out there enough. The multitasking is the issue too because I will focus into the activity feed kind of forgetting to let my brain have breathing space. Concentrating on my web sites has been good especially my graffiti site as it always becomes active with posts and really it is very broad in the range of graffiti and image focused.
With Instagram I find it hard to just be slow and steady so I have to ignore it through the week and get different routines. People rarely go out of the feed to external sites but I try and make the focus external. Such as making the image just one part of a bigger focus based on my sites. That is hard on Instagram and it doesn’t really work but at least my friend and I can look at each others photos and there are a lot of interesting photos being posted anyway. It at least gives me a focal point for Instagram otherwise it would just be kind of random which has been my style in the past. Even if one person goes out of their feed at some point that is ok. I just have to pace myself and not get too sidetracked.
Facebook is still off the cards, I just don’t feel I own it so to speak. It is more a user pays system if you really want to get attention. I don’t really run a business at the moment at least and I never really have made much in the way of objects or art pieces but I do make them here and there. I have knocked back some paid work to focus on creative projects and this happens every few years. I can get business focused and do a few jobs over a year or so then go back to art. It seems I have done that on and off for years.
I suppose to clarify I am not into Brexit at all, I think broader negotiation is good especially in Europe but there is the tendency to ignore anyone who is having a moan. The issue is not that carrying on and whining is productive but it can be an indicator to negotiate and take broader actions. The issue has been a decline in working conditions across the board but it is especially felt in low income thresholds. Even though Western countries have it better even in working standards a global work force tempts businesses into thinking everything is negotiable, but unfortunately with no negotiation. Brexit to me is the breaking of the bond paramount to the lack of negotiation. A kind of unfortunate aftermath of so much ‘inevitability’. The slow decline of wages was inevitable etcetera etcetera when really the bonds or larger good need agreements and understanding rather than being pounced on to increase profits. You could say the whole thing is the brainchild of brats and racists but they have just rode the wave to shore. It isn’t particularly intelligent but it seems collectively they felt they had no other choice.
So it is pretty dramatic to see Brexit, some say it was the working class taking revenge on globalisation. The issue is so many far right groups with anti-immigration agendas jumped on board too. I remember the days when globalisation was a looming idea and people in general were against it. It is always a work in progress as countries try to make free trade agreements. The main beneficiaries have been painted as the poor workers in other countries and the rich. Some intellectuals say the idea of the ‘other’ as beneficiary of ‘joy’ good fortune, what have you is just an illusion, an excuse to bar the ‘other’.
That is a different story though when you consider the idea of the working class taking revenge. Who are they avenging? Really the UK had a hard run after the GFC, it was really bad and only now will leaders say, maybe we should renegotiate trade agreements. Well it is a bit late now for the UK who have just shot themselves in the foot. The working class are shown as whingers who have it pretty good anyway so the intellectual stance of the ‘check your privilege’ camp just showed true metal. Bar the whingers, respect the status quo and lets leave the EU, except without the leaving bit. So lets just keep on trucking regardless of the whinging. No renegotiating, no budging just check your privilege, you are a bunch of rednecks who have it too good.
So who wins? Nobody listened to each other for one. The far right have too much wood to burn and got numbers on the board. Now everyone wants to suit themselves and nationalism reappears with no real benefits. Great work.