“There is a form of envy of which I frequently have seen examples, in which an individual tries to obtain something by bullying. If, for instance, I enter a place where many are gathered, it often happens that one or another right away takes up arms against me by beginning to laugh; presumably he feels that he is being a tool of public opinion. But lo and behold, if I then make a casual remark to him, that same person becomes infinitely pliable and obliging. Essentially it shows that he regards me as something great, maybe even greater than I am: but if he can’t be admitted as a participant in my greatness, at least he will laugh at me. But as soon as he becomes a participant, as it were, he brags about my greatness“. Soren Kierkegaard, celebrated as the first true existentialist philospher, Danish witer and thinker, wrote the former paragraph and indeed more in 1847. He famously kept a diary and this is an entry from within, it is insightful.
Essentially, this insight could be construed as the very basic psychology behind ‘modern’ trolling (haters) throughout the web today. Norwegian filmmaker Kyrre Lien, following online commenters on Christmas Day 2014 became fascinated by the extent of the hate and ignorance indiviudals were writing in the comments section of a news site. So much so, he began a three year journey into the lives of some of the internet’s most prolific online commenters, it has now become the subject of a documentary, ‘The Internet Warriors’. Interestingly, many of the haters he found, eluded him and none would talk publicly. Fundamentaly, he concluded after years of research that the vast majority of these people are lonely, feel that life has left them behind and before they had discovered their ‘outlet’ via the internet had spent their years bullying themselves. But he discovered, they can change and that in itself is reassuring. E.E. Cummings wrote, “The Artist is no other than he who unlearns what he has learned, in order to know himself”.
Each artist in this weeks Mobile Photography and Art Showcase continues to stand behind their work, we all need to ensure that we continue to do that, our creative courage and energy represents a beacon of integrity, talent and the depths of humanity that we have within us. Our art continues to challenge tradition and by its very presence it is our duty to uphold. Enjoy!
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Many congratulations to the following artists for being featured this week:
Hotel Midnight – Deborah McMillion, Luc Borell, Tania Konnerth, Dragan Fly, Lorenka Campos, TheiPhoneArtGirl – Meri Walker, Basak Aytek, Eliza Badoiu, Trish, iJoxo, Tricia Dewey, Tracey Grumbach, Isabel Afonso, Jun Yamaguchi, Mandolina Moon, Heather McAlister, Paul Yan, Kerry Mitchell, woltarise, Christine Padmore, Clint Cline, Linda Hollier, Kate Zari Roberts, Poetic Medium, Susan Maxwell Schmidt, Juta Jazz, Catherin Caddigan, Jillian2 – Jill Lian, Christine Sobczak, Karen Axelrad, Sheldon Serkin, Michael Beresin, Ginaluca Ricoveri, Mimi Svanberg, Kristie Michele Art, Vittorio Tadiello, Mohsen Chinehkesh, Clare Pickett, before.1st.light – Jane Schultz, Susan Rennie, Patricia Januszkiewicz.
‘Last Blossom of Summer’ ©Juta Jazz
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