This is a problem that recently came to my attention.
There are a lot of people out there who are not a part of society in general. They don’t have close ties to friends and family to run ideas by and help them decide what’s real and what’s fake on the internet. They also have more time on their hands to look up a topic and follow it online.
When someone like that does a search on a subject like, is the world flat? they find cool pictures of a flat Earth. They keep looking at flat Earth pix, because it’s more fun than looking at a real photo of the Earth from space. Then the algorithm thinks they want to see more fake news topics and they get led to more and more things like conspiracy theories, fake news, etc. That person might not realize it but they are being fed nonsense by the computer. It is becoming a danger to society. People are becoming more radicalized because of this.
One of our fellow art bloggers, DaNice Marshall has one of her stories published in this new Chicken Soup book.
I read a few of the stories so far. You don’t have to be black to get the messages. I’m not a real emotional person but I found DaNice’s story to be moving. A white woman like me hasn’t had to deal with racism but I know this book isn’t only for black women.
It’s an inspiration to read these black women fighting society’s demons and winning. It gives me hope for a better future. I think I might live long enough to see big changes. It’s happening.
If you’re feeling down or without inspiration this could lift your spirits.
Google political art and this is the first thing you find. This is weak art. It doesn’t stand alone. It needs a caption.
I’m guessing Banksy is rich but I don’t know enough about him. Is he putting his money where his mouth is? Is he a philanthropist helping the marginalized people? I know if I had a ton of money I’d help the veterans who are struggling. I see them. I feel for them.
Will art like this change society? Do you think it’s possible to change society with a catchy slogan? I doubt it. I guess its possible to change yourself but did you ever try to change someone else? Am I right to think this art is only benefitting the guy who sells the posters? Please feel free to enlighten me if I’m wrong.
What if you feel ok with yourself? Would this make you want to change? Is the homeless veteran problem my fault? I don’t think so. Is poverty my fault? Is racism my fault? No. How can I change to make those things go away?
This is the kind of art that doesn’t last very long. It might be saved somehow even if it’s outside on a wall in the weather. Someone might put it in a museum but when this era is past it could go into a warehouse with all the other bad political propaganda art.