Being a "Star" was not enough so they created "Super Stars"," Mega Stars" and so on. Giving a 100% effort meaning giving it your all, not enough apparently you must give 110% ( which is funny since if that were the case it would be out of a thousand...so it must mean you are hardly trying. An artist producing multiple "Masterpieces" also humorous since the term refers to the work you presented to the art guild that got you recognized as a professional... wondering about your thoughts as well as further examples I am missing.
Just been informed that I sold another vulture sculpture , this time going to New Orleans.
So once I hit "POST REPLY", I've got to dust off the piece, pack it up, and then deal with the elements to ship it out
I could make arrangements to have the piece picked up for shipment, but going directly to the post office is an excuse to Get Out of this place.
And now my cold basement, is calling me to come down and stick more crab claws into more mussel shells
On a more serious note Ronald, this tendency to inflate is what seems to dominate the world, it's in every crevasse of our modern living,I say modern but it also has been a thing of the past and it's probably what got us to this point.
Human nature, I'll reserve judgement on it. I pull into a a parking space and it seems every other truck is bigger, taller, wider,faster and of course way more expensive than mine. Go for a walk to the docks and every other boat out there is longer, faster, more colorful and yes more expensive than my cheap kayak.
Just when I get used to my new samsung phone and I think I got it down, they come out with a newer, faster,better and "betterer even" version and of course more expensive.
There seems to be a direct correllation between the inflated and the expensive. It's a merry go round I'd rather not get on but sometimes your made to take that ride even if you don't want to.
Look at our Supersized meals, and our plus sized bodies.
There are some cultures that could not comprehend how much we spend on weight loss products.
I believe that when we as humans do not exercise our bodies enough to the point of ( almost ) exhaustion , or choose to spend our time pursuing what matters to us deeply and make us feel as if we are contributing to this world - we will crave every dang thing under the sun to fill that void.
There are several variations of a quote that say : " You can never get enough of what you don't really want ".
Humans always want to inflate whatever they're doing, but swings in popular culture tend to encourage or discourage it in different times. At the moment, we seem to be in a period where, if I take a stroll in the park, I post it on the web like I climbed Mount McKinley barefooted. The braggy BS on the web gets tiresome after a while, especially when the alleged mountain climber gets their dander up. Were somebody to make a remark that a stroll in the park isn't the same as climbing a mountain, they'd be accused of "stomping on my dreams".
Totally agree, in person at the lunch counter, folks that brag and never have actually done are easier to spot. Using small threads of the truth to claim all sorts of things begs the obvious, even online.
It is like having money, you do not brag when you have it.
In advertising there is a small trick. It's the best trick. The trick is "Best" in which an advertiser can advertise their brand as Best, because, the truth is they are all the same.
Better is problematic, because then you have to prove that your whatzit is more gooder then his widget.
But the real secret is in the descriptor "A" vs "The"
For example, I'm good as "A(n) Ultra Uber Mega Super Stud. But if I could be "The Ultra Uber Mega Super Stud." well then all them wannabe Ultra Uber Mega Super Stars would want to challenge me to a Really Really Bigshoo! But it wouldn't matter because... well, it's obvious innit?
When people don't understand the language to start off with (people thinking Fame is synonymous with Infamy, for example) they need to hyperinflate.
Tech companies have an addiction to bigger and faster, kinda like cars in the 1960's because it's how they generate sales and keep stock prices up. The current equivalent of 2 year replacement cycles on cars is phones, driven by things like more pixels and not having to push that infernal button to wake the phone...it sees your face...thank God I don't have to push that button anymore.
The other half of the addiction is convincing us that we NEED to keep the replacement cycle going. I would make the claim that tech gadgets have a level of maturity as inventions in their current forms. Screens are surpassing human eyes and processors have reached a speed where they're limited by quantum effects and can't get much faster. That's when companies need to start selling us on things like not having to press the button anymore.
As for what Ron's drawing represents - if I may reason one interpretation:
Some big mouth blowing enough hot air to grill burgers..…. and dogs, and chops, and I don't know, I guess there's a steak in there too. I imagine we all know people like this. Inflating their reality (or fantasy). And the flying house in the background? Fleeing the neighborhood? There's no escaping inflation.
Or conspicuous consumption? (definition via google) "...expenditure on or consumption of luxuries on a lavish scale in an attempt to enhance one's prestige."
You want more, but if you want more, I'm gonna charge more because I can, and you'll pay more because you want it.
The art being political is not a printed discussion in the forum.
What any of us do with our art is welcome at FAA, within the legalistic framework of not hurting others or threatening others etc. I take certain voices in society as intending violence. I think to a degree FAA has come around to that old post WW II stance.
"I think people have a hard time filtering fact from opinion, and therefore consider any observation of social reality as being a political statement.
Believe it or not, there are those who are able to have fruitful discussions about these topics based upon genuine understanding, but are often drowned out by those with none.
The more frightened people become, the more that discourse gets silenced..."
Very true Joe! FAA did have such a place where candid discussions were allowed BUT it devolved into a single individual's echo chamber; used as a place to vomit their hate based diatribes while attempting to squelch opposition to their POV.
Seems to me, so many simply want to project their perceptions of righteousness onto others that objective thinking has become nearly nonexistent.
One must join Tiny Tim and tiptoe through their 2 lipz to effectively communicate their POV with words without retribution or they can plaster their visual propaganda and usurp the intent of the principles of objective communication.
Inflationary techniques have to be deployed whereas one must know their audience and hope that said audience share enough common experience that the esoteric message is relayed. Direct candor will be met with countermeasures always.
Only through logos can truths or fallacies be determined. Pathos and ethos rely on an emotional response which is unreliable at best.
Imagine an A.I. worming its way through all of the internet looking for the dissident. How can anyone speak freely when our words are parced, dicected, ranked and stored to be used against us at anytime by those who claim righteousness and or in positions of authority?
It is not an inflation of facts to state: the machinery is in place to capture our words and actions such that they can be used against us at some point in the future. With this in mind, our use of liberty is being redirected and used against us. Our illusion of liberty undermines our actual individual liberties.
Ron, ones point of view is exactly that: a single perspective by which an individual occupies a unique time and space unshared by any other.
It's not a matter of being correct but a matter of interpretation. This is why I find a discussion as an opportunity of exploration and find argument over correctness none empathetic. In fact it is purely self serving.
Thank you Drew, David I was just making the observation that no mater how odd ones interpretation of the facts might be , most people stand behind their interpretation and feel that other people are misguided. Drew was just rephrasing the thought I think.
I remember enjoying debate in high school.
One of the things I struggled with ethically was learning to make arguments for a side I did not agree with... and winning.
It's still something I practice, if only in rumination.
You'll never be right if you can't show yourself to be wrong.
The male side of my family is a long line of thinkers on a different wave length. It ends up being work to come up with our stuff, and then work to express it, and more work still when challenged. I have seen my grandfather lead discussions on certain topics, and then my father, now it is my turn. And there I am on FB with a tonne of old townies. We have fun....and it is not that I win at all, but the meat is served with some potatoes. The pearls are always a bit deeper in.