Consumer Nation

I think in this day and age, we have significantly become consumers. I think of a good friend’s blog that features his top tv shows and albums every year. And that’s most of what is written about. “Here’s what I saw!”

The proliferation of social media has led us to showing off just how amazing we are as consumers. Here’s a picture of what I ate! Look at what I just bought ! Here’s an unboxing video! (For goodness sake)

My issue is not denigrating the absolutely unbelievable bounty that surrounds us in 21st century western civilizatoin. I love the incredible things that surround us. But I want to make something. I don’t want to just take in what someone else has done and simply repackage my thoughts on it. As if that adds significantly to it. I can relate in a small way to some artists who denigrate critics. “Why don’t they go write a book/record an album/make a tv show”.

I have read that being a writer is a mental illness, that people who are true writers or real writers HAVE to write, they can’t not write. I am not a Real Writer.

The very best blogs and sites that I return to are those that are focused on a single topic, not the scattershot whatever is on the author’s mind.

This will not be the best blog.

I just want to make something. That includes music, that includes chronicling car things, and so on. It will include linking to others and commenting, thereby revealing my own hypocrisy.

If what I make is only a memory box, than that a least something.