You know, you act like such a lonely man- but look at you!
You’ve got the biggest family on Earth.
100,000 notes and I wonder how many people realise this line was improvised by a 7 year old
I think most of us guessed it when we saw the “people from liverpool” bit.
Does money make you mean? In a talk at TEDxMarin, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy. (Hint: badly.)
I have a theory about this, which is completely unsupported by data and might be totally wrong.
I think people like to believe that their choices matter. We don’t like to consider the role that luck and circumstance plays in human life, because it makes us feel powerless and ultimately like maybe we should not even bother to get out of bed in the morning. So we find ways to imagine that we can make our own destinies and that we are in control of our own lives.
To an extent, of course, we are. Our choices do matter. But so do chance and privilege.
But I think most people want a narrative of their lives that is about something other than dumb luck. So if you become powerful or wealthy, you start to think, "This happened because I worked hard," because you did work hard. You think, "This happened because I didn’t give up," because you didn’t give up.
But THEN there is this nagging feeling that haunts you, because you know that other people also work hard and that other people also don’t give up, and that they have not experienced the same success you have.
In short, deep down you know that the game of Monopoly, through chance or through systemic injustice, has been rigged in your favor. And that makes you feel like everything is random and meaningless and you are unworthy of your good fortune, and I think many people respond to that feeling defensively: They want you to know that they made a really amazing decision to buy Park Avenue, a bold and dangerous decision. And yes, they started the game with more money, but lots of people start the game with more money and DON’T make the bold and brilliant decision to buy Park Avenue.
And in the end, this desire to build a narrative of your success that gives you agency within your own life leads to a less compassionate life. It also often I think leads to echo chambers: Because any challenge to your “I earned it” worldview is a direct attack on your feeling that you are in control of your life, you have to surround yourself with people whose own life experiences do not contradict that worldview. This is the only reason I can think of that wealthy people are literally more likely to take candy from children.
The challenge—and this is a challenge for all of us—is to internalize the roles luck and systemic injustice play in our lives while still continuing to try to be good and useful creatures.
Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success is a great book that discusses some parts of this if anyone’s interested!
You are good at something, stop lying to yourself. You’re good at breaking down comic book plots, cooking ramen perfectly, making your friends happy, knowing the time without looking at a clock, getting the perfect ending at RPG’s, or figuring out the twist ending to movies. Don’t let society tell you your talents are meaningless because they don’t serve an economical purpose. Your talents reflect your interests and passions, and what’s important to you is important.
This is a skyscraper of text all about Patreon/Subbable and the (my?) Perceived Value of Media.
The Patreon/Subbable model is such an incredible idea. It really is the way I hope most media will work in the future.
Right now, if I want to buy a song I like, I’m gonna pay about $1 on iTunes or AmazonMP3 or bandcamp. But some songs and artists are worth so much more to me, while others, maybe a bit less. I’d happily support Fall Out Boy or Adele or My Chemical Romance (if they were still together) or Muse or P!nk at rates way higher than $1 per song. Because their music is worth more to me on average than other current music.
So they as artists would make more for their effort, and me as a fan would (most likely) get more content in the form of personal perks or exclusive audio/video/etc. Win-win, right?
And imagine if TV shows used the Patreon/Subbable model. No more shows canceled mid-season if that show’s fans are willing to back new episodes. For example, if Orphan Black were ever in danger of not being renewed I’d whip out my pocketbook so fast!
But all those “content creators” listed above currently have (relatively) huge production budgets and marketing teams backing them. What about the people who are actually using Patreon/Subbable today? They would all - every single one of them - fall into the amateur category.
And that’s the real challenge moving forward for this kind of funding, I think - creating indie productions that are just as “good” as commercial productions, and therefore, just as valuable. Wheezy’s clones are fun and take a lot of work, but Wheezy is no Tatiana Maslany. Rhett & Link’s latest music video featured some comedic zombies at the end, but no one would ever mistake a still from that video for a still from Shaun of the Dead.
For all the strides that content creators have made over the last nine years that YouTube has existed, we’re all still miles behind professionally produced video. We’re just not there yet. And so while I, as a (former?) YouTuber can appreciate the work (rotoscoping, timing, hitting his mark) that goes into Wheezy cloning himself, his videos are still going to look amateurish to the gerneal public. And the vast majority of people won’t pay for amateur video. Amateur video feels disposable. Not as valuable.
Don’t misunderstand, for all of us in the know, there is a tremendous amount of value in what Wheezy does, or Hank and John, or Rhett & Link. That’s why we love ‘em and continue to watch and share their work. But I would argue most of that value is personal value, not strictly entertainment value. We like the YouTubers that we do because we can relate to them. We can share with them and engage them and they are just like us. But we’re not used to paying people to be just like us. We’re used to paying for superstars.
That personal value is a very different kind of engagement than me sitting down to watch 24. I can’t relate to Jack Bauer(/Kiefer Sutherland) at all (and thank god, I wouldn’t last two hours, let alone twenty-four, in Jack’s shoes). He is not just like me. But I’ve purchased every season on DVD. And I’ll most likely re-purchase every season as soon as they’re all released on BluRay.
It’s possible this distinction between amateur and professional is just my own personal hang-up, but I don’t think it is. I see a lot of my friends talking about financially supporting indie creators, but I see very few of them actually doing it (of the twenty-four creators on Subbable, none are fully funded. CrashCourse is at 99%, most of the rest are below 50%). And I’m guilty of it myself. I do support a couple people on Patreon and Subbable, but that support budget is a fraction of what I spend on media on Amazon each month.
Maybe the line dividing amateur and professional will continue to blur, or maybe it already has fully blurred and I’m just old and stuck in my pre-YouTube mindset. But I’m not yet at the place where I would drop $30 on twelve new episodes of my favorite YouTube shows, yet I have no problem preordering the next season of my favorite TV shows for that price on BluRay.
This isn’t some new revelation and I’m not sure I have a totally focused point here. It’s just a subject I think about a lot and wanted to get some words down.
Based from your answers in this post, 12 people voted for Illustrator and 11 for Photoshop (so close!). Given that majority wins, I’ll give you my tutorial for this poster:
Tools needed: Adobe Illustrator CS6, Tablet (optional)
See complete tutorial after the cut.