thoughts on a recent post by @meg and an ello legendary post by @tvansantana which i wish i knew how to link....thought it was too long for a comment.
i should be making potato salad for father's day. my dad's almost 80 and wants to meet at some park for a picnic and biking. i don't have a bike but i'll bring his first great grandchild and her bike and he can ride with her. i'm grateful he keeps active so i don't have to take care of him yet. the park will be hot. the middle of june in florida is a mugfest. i should be making potato salad so i don't have to eat that crap from publix. instead i've been reading ello. i've been here steady for a few months now because we're promised our content won't be co opted by the site"s owners. i think that's a noble mission. i understand the role of the place is changing. it's defined by the users, not the developers because an active, semi autonomous anarchic site needs content and participation. the content is overwhelming. the social interaction and participatory applause is mostly missing. i find that disappointing but typical.
it may be a truism that artists are generally loners-not typically cheerleaders or self promoters, the energy has to go into the product. that may only be a truism of artists of previous centuries. successful art has always required promotion of some sort, but i think in this consumer century it's evolved into a cult of personality so that, finally, the most successful art is intimate knowledge of the artist. this may mean that the kardashians are the grandparents of future art.
but a social platform for artists is still bit of an oxymoron . sure, writers and painters, playwrights and actors hung out irl in times past. i mean, you gotta eat, you gotta drink. but today's artists have the benefit of display without the attendant socializing that in the past has meant patronage. i think ello wants to give artists a platform for both and it's a really great marketing tool. but the social aspect is something that's always going to be a work in progress. what's happening here is that kindred desires intersect, interact for a while, then move on.
while collaboration and critique are huge aspects of art, not all artists do either, nor do they want to. i'd like to see spaces on ello that are dedicated to both of these aspects. people could join in as they wish, like a chatroom or a bbs. so far i haven't seen that. does anyone know if such exists? as far the potato salad goes, i made it before revising this essay. it's kinda southern, i used mayo and it's pretty good but i didn't make enough for all of us and since i'm not a chef, no pics of the food.