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Whippy

the 1% rule and the art thing

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It basically goes like this:
" 1% of people create content, 9% edit or modify that content, and 90% view the content without contributing.


I was browsing around a few days ago and stumbled on some article talking about that. It made creators out to by a kind of minority compared to all of the people that view their content. It made me wonder a lot about the furry community and some of my past reasons for getting disappointed.

Way back in college, when I was taking art classes, I was always among other people that did creative things. Not drawing as a hobby or not being able to draw was a minority thing. And it was really nice XD
Nobody had this 'king of the hill' attitude going on. Everybody was willing/able to talk about this or that painting or discuss techniques. Of course I'm putting rosy glasses on my past here lol. It wasn't all fun and games. I had plenty of bad days and no inspiration times, or just generally being pissed off.

I can't really help but still see not making art "ever" in one's life as extremely weird and a scary thing. Having art block is enough to convince me of what a hell it is. I also do some rather ridiculous things. Putting up something (a picture, a journal) and waiting for comments, then getting disappointed at the lack of interest or whatever. Waiting for a "yes this is okay, please more" or a "yes this is interesting, let's discuss this". Well, that's a recipe for disappointment usually. The expectation is what does it - not the reality.

So, thinking about this 1% rule...as an artist...with those 'myths' floating around it. Such as being slightly crazy, or mad, or pissed off all the time, imbalanced, depressed, schizo, wild, imaginative, dreamy, childish, immature, cryptic, silly -- starts to make a weird kind of sense.  In order to get out of the slime that is "mundane" or common - what the norm is - you have to be kind of mad. Willing to do things that nobody will like. Things that nobody would think about. Things that people would not touch with a 10 foot pole. Stuff that's way out there.  Think about waiting for somebody that doesn't even have your imagination and sensibilities to push you or give you motivation right after you've finished posting a finished picture. Motivation to do what? LOL! Make art? Yeah right! That's not where it comes from.

The one thing I see over and over in this fandom is this battle of the wills thing. "You should draw this!" "Ewww..that's gross" "Why don't you have him doing this with my character".  Everybody's always trying to get a slice of that pie :) It's pretty funny when you can stand back and look at it. It's that 1% thing rearing it's head again.  On one hand I can understand why they would want that thing, but on the other I have 0 desire to work on that thing and instead have a jillion interesting ideas inside my noggin.  The amount of "i want" is pretty staggering here in the furry community. Giving one's self away to that flood to spend hours and hours and hours to crank out every desire that everybody has..well...hello burn out!

The way I'm seeing it now, is that the artist has to be the one that pushes back, not the other way around. And in order to do that, you gotta use that internal compass, a lot of stubborn, lots of play, and swimming in the sea of whatever it is that nourishes you.  Being a minority and able to create is better than being a majority and begging other people to paint your dreams. It's quiet, but the view is spectacular.
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Added: 5 years, 4 months ago
 
supremekitten
5 years, 4 months ago
" The 1% rule is often misunderstood to apply to the Internet in general, but it applies more specifically to any given Internet community. It is for this reason that one can see evidence for the 1% principle on many websites, but aggregated together one can see a different distribution. This latter distribution is still unknown and likely to shift, but various researchers and pundits have speculated on how to characterize the sum total of participation. Holly Goodier, in conjunction with the BBC presented research in late 2012 suggesting that only 23 percent of the population (rather than 90 percent) could properly be classified as lurkers, while 17% of the population could be classified as intense contributors of content.[6] Several years prior, communication scholars Eszter Hargittai and Gina Walejko reported on a sample of students from Chicago where 60 percent of the sample created content in some form.[7]


Here's another funny quote
"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."
I think people are fairly more creative than that 1 % version suggests. It all depends on how one presents it.

Personally I like to encourage everyone to start making art.
Whippy
5 years, 4 months ago
Haha! Okay, that's even better odds! I like those numbers. Stats really don't tell you the whole story. Generalizations miss a lot of crucial stuff ^^
MrSOCKS
5 years, 4 months ago
The first part of that quote has the kind of runaround technical-ese that makes me think it was written by Douglas Adams.
supremekitten
5 years, 4 months ago
lol the quote is taken from the same wiki article which this journal was about, unless you mean my short quote at the end, that one was apparently by Mark Twain
MrSOCKS
5 years, 4 months ago
*nods*
Q.E.D.
Khzhak
5 years, 4 months ago
speaking as a non-art-making commission-buying consumer, I watch artists, and if I see a predilection towards one type of content or another, I'm going to ask if the artist would be willing to draw such-and-such.  if I don't see one, I just keep it to myself.  mostly, I have found artists willing to draw whatever I'd like drawn.  and at prices I'm either willing to pay, or need to settle on that price if my picture idea will see the light of day.  I usually find artists that also generally like my ideas, and are more than happy to draw it, especially for the amount of money I've agreed to pay them for their services in rendering that art.
supremekitten
5 years, 4 months ago
Either we all become part time artists with other jobs, or someone has to sponsor lol. I suppose that's life.
Whippy
5 years, 4 months ago
I like that first option ^__^
But then again...oh wait...I need money..oops ^////^
Whippy
5 years, 4 months ago
That's cool of you ^^ So you do consider what the artist would be interested in. I guess I was mainly talking about those people that never have money that just beg your ear off and never think about what you actually like XD

You sound like a very fair comisher :)
Khzhak
5 years, 4 months ago
I like to think I'm fair.  I also know if anything is free, I don't get to complain about it.  I might end up saying 'that isn't this character', but depending on the free stuff done, if it's one of my O.C.s especially, I get to say that.  but yes, I generally make sure someone has content that fits my idea, or would be willing to draw it, before I go into more detail than the basics.  
Fennec
5 years, 4 months ago
well - I think you might see why I get a tad annoyed with the non-contributors
dictating their one-sided notion of what the work should be of those of us who >DO< create.

Whippy
5 years, 4 months ago
YES! I definitely get it. It gets soo old. It's like "yes, I know these are 'your' tastes and you prefer this and that...that's very nice. But I'm making this thing over here and it doesn't need your opinions all over it. So GTFO!" The people that complain about the content are the ones that really need a good hard slap..uh..block!  I can't stand that crap at all.  Please do create more ^^ All those sexy canines getting it on...mmmph! More is always better than less. :)
Fennec
5 years, 4 months ago
well these people are just sitting there - doing nothing and getting all that is created -
only to whine and complain that is not as >they< want - it does get old.

Whippy
5 years, 4 months ago
I never thought about it like that...haha! Wow...damn that makes them so lazy. Entitlement is the word for this I believe. Feeling like they deserve everything no matter what. Lazy picky so and so's..
Fennec
5 years, 4 months ago
Well, then perhaps you can understand my rant of a few months ago * kernoogies
Whippy
5 years, 4 months ago
Yeah, heh, I can. It seemed out of the blue at the time, because I didn't know very much about you or what you'd been through. But after so many of those, yep, that would piss me off too...a lot. *snickerdoodles*
Fennec
5 years, 4 months ago
meh - water under the bridge - but yeah - I was pretty steamed!

* yum - I love snicker doodles * eats em all !! :D~~~
Whippy
5 years, 4 months ago
Oh oh me too!! *nibbles at one of them and washes it down with some of that bridge water*
nom nom nom ^.^
bahamutdragons
5 years, 4 months ago
I am currently investing my life savings and about 2 years of my time in a video game project.  Prior to starting that, I asked myself one very important question: if no one buys this (if I lose all of my investment), will this have been a worthwhile venture?  And because the answer was yes, then I could throw myself into this wholeheartedly.

I don't see it as pushing back.  I'm just going to do whatever I want artistically and if people gravitate towards it, that's great, but I would rather make a piece I'm proud of than a piece other people are proud of.
squirrelfox
5 years, 4 months ago
So, wait... by writing stories and posting them on this site... I am the 1%?

OH GAWD!!!  D:

Silliness aside, it is interesting to consider the dynamics of any given community, especially given the quote SK gave above concerning the 1% rule only applying to any given small community, while the whole gives a much different picture.

Besides, even if we take the 1% rule as a given, within a community, you're likely to find that even if it's just 1% that create content, 9% that edit or modify, and 90% that simply view it... well, that seems to be just a measure of what's shared.  There's no evidence that those 90% really are just passive recipients of the content of a community.  Some of them may well create or modify the content they see but never share it for whatever reasons they deem necessary.

Plus, particularly in creative fields, I object to the notion that one can view content without contributing.  *puts on philosophy hat*  I view art as necessarily being a communicative endeavor.  If I were to paint a painting or write a book but then never let anyone see it or read it, I have not created art.  That piece does not become art until it's shared.  The sharing need not necessarily be in a public medium.  Sharing could simply be inviting a friend over to show then the painting I made, or giving them a copy of my book to read.  It is only when an artwork is in some way shared with another person that the piece really becomes an artwork.  So in that sense, viewing the content IS contributing to the status of that piece as an artwork.  Note that this says nothing of the quality or the value of the work, simply that it only becomes an artwork when it is shared.

After all, I can claim all day that I wrote the best novel in the universe, but if I won't let anyone read it, then A) how will anyone else know if it's good, B) how can I prove that I even wrote it, let alone say anything bout its quality, and C) what's the point of creating a piece, be it artwork, fiction, or any other form of media, and then not sharing it with at least SOMEONE?

ENJOY MY WORD SOUP.
VoodooKitty
5 years, 4 months ago
Who ever wrote that article seems to think pretty little of people who are creative in heart and mind, but just not in skill... We all create, just not all of us can show our creations to others..
fullraike
5 years, 4 months ago
"swimming in the sea of whatever it is that nourishes you. "

totally milk :D

All artists need to realize that they have all that makes them unique from the mob, and are all crazy to some degree. It's what makes them who they are, even if they don't know it~
AlexanderPony
5 years, 4 months ago
You know I agree with you on this whole journal Looq you rock
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