Florence Meade

Things I Make and Do

Tag: Media

Time, May 2014

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I have trouble with the concept of time
Time is relative, but the clock in my consciousness doesn’t tell me the time
It shows and plays me sensations, experiences, memories and dreams of textures, colours, sounds and moods
My thoughts drift back and forth, up and down; dividing, linking, growing
If I take time, my mind is free and perhaps I’ll make something beautiful
If I sell my time, I’m bound
Music and poetry free my mind in time, measuring and celebrating the moments like blessed water

Black Urn

Black Urn

I admit I’m getting too much mileage out of old stuff recently (this is from 1995) but I am posting this to set the bar; I really want to get back into regular practice with water colours.

Do you like me?

What if I wish to express an interest in something I don’t necessarily LIKE? Curiosity may urge me to read an article in a doctor’s waiting room, but I may not like it. In social media, if I don’t ‘like’ things then the algorithm changes the content of my news feed so I don’t receive notice of things that might challenge my curiosity, disgust, or feelings anywhere on the spectrum of human emotions other than ‘like’.

Does everything really have to be POSITIVE to be of value? It seems such an obvious fallacy yet we are only recently beginning to see signs that the end is drawing near for positive mental attitude, positive visualisation (if you wish hard enough…), praise sandwiches etc. Can we really learn from positive feedback alone?  What is the value of critical analysis if it can only be positive?

I wish I could follow certain discussions on the web without having to indicate that I ‘like’ them and then face being judged as though I have necessarily consumed them in the spirit in which they were intended. My explorations are picked up by the sticky fingered data miners that inform my online identity with sometimes amusing results.