On Creativity April 2, 2011Posted by FCM in meta, politics, pop culture, thats random.
Tags: blogging, meta, social networking
there is a surge of energy lately in the radfem blogosphere, and i think its really terrific! there are new blogs popping up all over the place, and new names and new voices and new ways to waste time at work i mean more afternoons well-spent perusing radical ideas. its…well its amazing, is what it is. i started here in august, 2009 and there were only a few radical blogs being regularly updated at the time…but they were going loud and strong! oh yes they were. and there were radical ghost-towns (abandoned blogs) full of amazing archived material of course, but the feeling at the time was that there was a serious drought of inspired radicalism, and indeed the atmosphere was unwelcoming, and outright hostile to those of us who dared delve into trans- and PIV-criticism.
and the women who were around to see the shitstorm known as “the terrible misogynistic razing of radical feminist blogs in 2007/8” and then surviving the fallout that has lasted for years (and years) realize even more acutely than i do that the radical drought is over. or at least, the rain has come again.
meanwhile, i am feeling completely uninspired! this happened the last time i finished a dworkin series actually, so i am assuming it will pass. we have discussed the creative process here before, and i think its become relevant again…because as thrilled as i am to see so many radical voices sprouting up out of the shit and the muck, i am also afraid that its all going to end just as quickly as it began. i know people get busy, and they become uninspired and pissed off and disillusioned. BUT. i hope so much that this is not just a fleeting moment, and i hope so much that its going to last, and that any of this actually means something. i hope this is going to work. and i hope there will be dozens of amazing radical blogs being regularly updated, as far as the eye can see, until the blogging platform is no more, and we have to think of something else. i really do.
to that end, i offer the above videos, from two well-known writers who talk about creativity, and writing as a process. just in case there are new bloggers here that have no experience with writing, or being creative-types or artists of any stripe…you are all artists now. YES! you are! i mean…you can be, if you want to. connecting with radical energy, and letting the words come as *they* want to come can be very transcendent. other times, you just have to show up. put one foot in front of the other, and then do it again. kind of like…a job. one that pays nothing, where you are subjected to constant harassment and disapproval from all sides, and where no matter how successful you are, you will never, EVER benefit from any of this in real life, because any meaningful change that might actually occur will occur well after youre dead, and anyway, its all anonymous. are we having fun yet?
here are two more videos on the “new social media” that i thought were interesting…the first one describes how “demographics” are becoming obsolete because of the anonymous nature of the internet. apparently, instead, advertisers and others are favoring users actual “likes and interests” (instead of presuming them). and (AND!) this video illustrates how women are driving the social media revolution. hmm! there has to be some way we can make this work for us, isnt there? i personally am no good at strategy, afterall i just work here! but still…even *i* can see that theres probably an angle that needs working:
and heres a doodbro take on the social media revolution…at the end, he claims that the “revolutionary” aspect is illustrated by obamas use of social media in his political career. namely, that the revolution is about “convening” people, instead of controlling them. BUT as i think most radical feminist bloggers agree, for women, its actually extremely important that we *are* able to exercise complete control over our radical spaces, to keep them radical. to keep the mainstream, male-identified and misogynist view out, so that a truly unique and inspired woman-centered discourse can emerge, and flourish…and spread out across the interwebs like an unstoppable, fertile weed…like squash!
so just in case any of our new bloggers are easily distracted, or run out of things to say, or arent feeling inspired or whatever…heres a final nugget that you can take or leave. when i am not feeling spontaneously creative or particularly tortured or inspired to write…i read, instead.
happy blogging everyone!
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