Ira Glass sings the inspirational hits


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“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”



The Cameraman

This is an interesting cartoon with a not-so-intelligent message (see below). The animation is cool, and Ira Glass from This American Life is attached, so you know the story is well told and edited.

But the message is: Cameras, even fake ones, can steal a person’s humanity.

Yes, I agree with that in some contexts. The Paparazzi is ridiculous. There are some forms of voyeurism that are more harmful than good.

But the camera changed everything and continues to change everything. Civil War photographer Mathew Brady published images of war that were never seen before. When people saw the horrors, the perceptions of war changed for more people around the world.

When photos were published of the earth from space, people began to see how the world is not the center of the universe. It’s part of a universe.

The camera may be accomplice to some evil, but it is the what has given humanity to people and places that are ignorant and xenophobic.

I, for one, stand up for cameras.

Via The Daily