In continuation to my post from earlier this week, and after a couple of incidents happening in Facebook, I decided to go on and write this post too.
The thing with being an artist is that you want to showcase your art, you want to show it to the world and hopefully get to sell. You can display your art in digital galleries, but you can also make use of social networking such as Facebook and Twitter, for example. The problem with Facebook, though, arises that the people you connect with are called ‘friends’ and this blurs things a bit, in my opinion. One sweet girl I know through Sketchfest and whom I keep in touch with through Facebook was a little disappointed because one of her ‘friends’ treated her ill.
Later on I discovered that an artist whose art I admire very much ‘unfriended’ me because I told him it was bad taste to call another artist’s work ‘a piece of $#!t’ in public. This did not break my heart, by the way, he is not my friend, he is just an artist whose are I admired, but obviously he could not take educated criticism to his words and he felt that he did not want to be in touch with me anymore.
This brings me to the point of how much do we actually believe this people to be our true friends and how much it affects us to interact with said people through social networking? In the first place I think it is important to keep in mind that just because Facebook calls them ‘friends’ it does not mean they are really your friends. A lot of these people are utmost unknown to us! Some of them are even ‘friends collectors’! So we do not mean much to them, we are dispensable. Plus, since we do not know this people we really do not know what their values are, and maybe to them it is not a big deal to say the things they’ve said.
And also, how do we keep our real friends and family away from all this not needed internet drama? Do we want them seeing the petty side of our ‘friends’ or ourselves? In my case I have two Facebook accounts, one for personal things, family, real friends, real acquaintances and some few internet friends whom I trust will not say anything terribly out of place, or become confrontational, or make me be a horrible person. And I also have an art account. That account I use to promote my art, to keep in touch with e-friends, to keep track of artists I like. I do have two parts to my life, one is the biologist the other one is the artist, and though both are very important in my life, they need to remain separate… for once thing academia does not take nudity as lightly as artists do, and God forbid scientists hear me talking about faeries and goddesses! 😉
I also have a twitter account, and that one is *only* for my art side, I do not want to have the rest of my life into it, I do not care what my cousin ate for breakfast… really! And I rather to use it again to promote my art and to keep track of other people’s art.
I think that keeping things in perspective is very important. Why did you add those people in the first place, to be real friends? To promote yourself? To have someone to talk to late at night? If you can keep things straight and clear, you will avoid a lot of conflict.