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If you create (or have ever created) entertainment products for mass consumption, you have very probably come across the refrain, “They will not get it.”

What this invariably entails is some kind of alteration in what you are creating. This alteration, for the most part, takes one of two forms. You either dumb it down to suit the perceived inability of your audience to “get it”. Or you keep what you have in hopes that your audience will be interested enough to raise their own standards of appreciation.

Most people go for the first option. They give their audience what they think they want — a below par product, a sub-standard work of art, something that does not demand much from them. I will argue that this is disrespectful towards the people who like your work and that an artist's true responsibility is doing everything in her power to give the audience what they do not know they want.

At the end of the day, your choices are these:

  • Drop standards to cater to a larger mass of people, or;
  • Maintain standards of quality and force your audience to raise their standards.

Of course, what goes without saying is that the second choice, where you choose not to go for the mass market, practically ensures that you will only ever have a small base of followers. But these followers will be people who respect you. And what's more important, these followers will be people you can respect.

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The Gaia hypotheses, as it was originally proposed by James Lovelock in his book “Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth”, suggests that the Earth self regulates. Let me elaborate.

Through the course of its life, planet Earth has undergone many changes. Sometimes, frequent volcanic eruptions have overheated the atmosphere by filling it with ash and greenhouse gases, sometimes external forces like massive asteroids have seriously damaged the atmosphere and the geography of the world.

Lovelock noticed that in spite of all these factors, the proportion of gases in Earth's atmosphere has remained more or less the same, ever since life took off as a dominant phenomenon. The technical term for this is “homoeostasis”.

This is a very important observation because the state of life on Earth relies to a heavy degree on the balance of gases in the atmosphere. Even seemingly tiny shifts in this delicate balance can seriously affect the planet's life-supporting capacity. Lovelock compared this to atmospheres of other planets like Mars (which was a curiosity among scientists back then as far as life is considered) and predicted that Mars is a dead planet. The planet's atmosphere didn't reveal any signs of homoeostasis upon telescopic observation. Later missions proved him right. Mars is dead, as far as life of the Earthly kind (carbon-based, oxygen-breathing) is concerned.

Lovelock came to the conclusion that there is something about the Earth system that constantly regulates the state of the atmosphere to keep it in that delicate life-supporting state. Gaia is simply the name he gave to that phenomenon.

While the theory was strongly contested when it first came out, recent years have found many new takers for it. Because of the obviously semi-religious connotations of the theory, some quarters have interpreted it differently, giving it a magical colour. But for anyone interested in knowing more, I recommend Googling “James Lovelock Gaia”.

Lovelock also makes some dire predictions for our future as a species. He says that global warming (regardless of whether it is man-made or natural), is pushing the boundaries of the Gaia principle. Gaia moderates the balance of life by switching species on and off. For example, if a certain species of rodent becomes too numerous in a certain habitat and starts to seriously threaten the balance by consuming its resources too quickly, nature brings into being forces that may eradicate or contain the rodent species. This can be in the form of a superior hunter species, or a disease-carrying virus that would wipe the species out without affecting much else.

If humans continue to be a threat to the balance of life, it is entirely possible (says Lovelock) that nature would quickly and quietly wipe us out while letting the rest of Earthly life remain.

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Anonymous

 

Been to McDonald's shelled out 72 Indian bucks for chicken wrap take home. My wife looking at it in disgust said it's a crime for the money spent... I watched silently awestruck, yeah! man. she's absolutely more than 200% correct saying to myself I'm an utter fool to have walked into McD for the 1st time in my 60 yrs of living .... men do have to care bout whether they get the money worth for their hard earned money of bloodsweat in the Indian Economy at last... Wrote by: papa pat

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A URL is is the first thing someone sees before reading your posts on Write.as. Right now they can be a little unwieldy:

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Yikes. We're not even sure why we thought 16 characters were necessary. Maybe we were a bit overzealous.

So we'd like to make them into something simpler, like this:

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Ah, that's better.

Casual and Pro users will see this in the coming weeks.

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Anonymous

 

I wake up dazed. I don't know where I am, and all I see are a dark room around me and a pair of glowing eyes. “Hello?” I ask. The.....creature didn't reply. “Hello?” I say again. Then I hear a faint whisper,“Hello.” “Where am I?” I ask. The voice doesn't reply. “Where am I?” I repeat. “You are in the woods,” the creature says. “Can I see you?” I ask. I hear a faint whimper then a sigh, “okay.” She steps into the faint light. “Your a wolf!!!” I say. “Yes,” she replies.

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When you can speak your mind safely, the words come more easily. Mental blocks built by others' expectations are removed. The cogs of your brain are free to move again.

But you don't need to be alone to be free from expectations — you only need the right environment. Write.as aims to be that environment, from our conscientious apps to our small community of writers, all publishing under pseudonyms.

We know that great writers take the time to read and absorb the ideas around them, continually growing in style, method, and thought. Exposure to a variety of ideas helps us grow faster and see things in ways we never could've on our own. So a complete environment for recording our best thoughts needs a strong, constant source of inspiration.

Today we're opening read write.as to more writers, both subscriber and free. You don't even need to sign up to submit your writing. Now anyone can write freely, and share their words anonymously with our growing community.

Everyone will now see a “read.write.as” option in the editor menu when you've chosen to publish as Anonymous. Subscribers' posts will go straight to read.write.as, just like their public blog posts do, and free users' posts will get a pass from the Write.as moderation team first, to be sure we don't get inundated with spam or other harmful junk.

We recently published a set of community guidelines to help everyone understand why we might not accept a given post. We'll be continually updating this policy as more people write and new questions come up, but ultimately we want the writers to dictate their own guidelines. What kind of community do you want to see? How can we balance free speech and a safe environment? Keep in touch and help shape our fledgling space.

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from jsx

 

Each morning, I could wake up and think about a million excuses to start the day off with. The mind goes into a million different places when you wake up. Today, I wanted to try to do something different. I wanted to think about something really good first thing in the morning. Thinking about the things that get me excited to wake up in the morning.

I felt a bit better starting my day off. I thought it was always bullshit to wake up and think about what are you grateful for each day.

Then today, I read this post by Ryan Holiday. The quote “Being Curious Is a Career.” I just never saw it like that. He also goes on to say “I think the way you get paid to do that is by making that curiosity valuable to other people” and “You can’t just nerd out—there has to be value creation.”

I really like the thought of this. It just was something that was important for me to think about. I have been on this journey lately and asking myself a lot of questions. I like reading all of these types of articles as they can be astimulating. It gives me hope that I can craft that career and mission that I envision.

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from jsx

 

Today, went a bit different than a normal Monday for me. I did everything that I wouldn’t normally do. It all started with me hitting the snooze button and waking up almost two hours later than I would normally set out to do. When I woke up, I almost felt like I did something wrong. I felt guilt for sleeping in and I felt guilty for missing something on my goal list. A funny thing happened that I noticed. I wasn’t able to put my day on autopilot. It made me aware and more conscious in the moment. It helped me break up the day more and get more things done that I wanted to get accomplished. It is amazing sometimes what a small tweak or change and the type of effect that can have on your day.

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from Mark White

 

I spend some nights on sites like Tumblr, scrolling through pictures posted or stolen from other people, and look for tiny hints that remind me of something in my past. Maybe a shade reflected on someone's cheekbone or an arm placed in some way that I've seen before. Maybe a cabin I've never seen on a misty mountaintop I've watched a thousand times before. A collarbone. A tattered piece of paper. Some pictures I'm randomly drawn to, or suddenly feel connected to, like they were from my past instead of someone else's. Like some vision so distant in the past that I can never find proof I was actually there, except for that tiny recognition in my heart.

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