I've been thinking a lot about efficiency, specifically as it relates to art. Below are those thoughts, with a little expansion on theme.
These are all half-baked text conversations I've had with friends lately.
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I watched a clip of director-writer James grey talk about how studios only making comic book/franchise movies essentially got people out of the habit of going to the movies and would lead to the eventual downfall of the industry And it got me thinking about a half- baked idea I've had about the efficiency of a thing being the death of a thing.
For example, YouTube, as a commercial form, has cracked the code in the way they need to structure content and its description (titles, thumbnails, etc) to draw in a type of fan that will engage the most The issue is that it speaks to an increasingly small demographic of people, and is purposefully inaccessible to everyone else. Im further reminded of the way TV has changed -- a focus on engaging with hardcore fans that engage more that a bigger audience who engages less -- and how that leads to fan-service that keeps those and only those fans around.
No longer is there content for everyone, and so we're faced with the same issue as the blander TV of the pre 1990s (generally) and the now-blander movies -- trying to be everything to everyone and everything to a few has lead us to fractured, less interesting art, and even fewer places to view what's left
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this has gotten me further thinking about the issue with efficiency in a broader, psychological sense. Humanity didn't survive and thrive because we prioritized efficiency, but because we prioritized community, and community is full of diverse, contradictory, and unknowable things that often lead to unexpected outcomes
efficiency is leaving behind all of those who can't easily make it up the hill, but that means that any "usefulness" they may have later is permanently inaccessible
I think all of this has to die
im not even sure what I mean by that, but that's what my gut tells me
something about the way we look at the world has to die
maybe it really is as simple as "enjoy the journey and care not about the destination"
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I've started turning against sports analytics.
I think a lot about "For The Love of the Game", in which Kevin Costner throws a perfect game, and comes home, and there's nobody to celebrate with him.
Winning alone is worse than losing together.