Simple philosophy, but overlooked by many. Your actions is who you are, not what you look like, believe in or associate yourself with.
This is from a designers standpoint: what are you doing to further the creative side of life?
Ever think of a music critic who blasts a local bands new show? I think of the motivations of the critic, in a hot room with a bad smell and lights pointed at someone else, pissed that they are not discovering the next Beatles or other ‘chance of getting hit my a meteor’ type odds. With the negative review, even if the band is bad, nothing good for the community is gained. Perhaps you sell more copies of the magazine. That is it. Negative promotion of others (especially anonymously) is an overly self serving act.
You can see the effects of years of non community building leadership by promoters, music snobs (which I count myself as one) and critics. Empty local music scenes.
Think of how dirty mean YouTube comments can be. Vimeo has a business plan thriving on just this- be positive, encourage people and they will continue providing awesome content. If you don’t, they won’t.
There are two trends right now: the rise of social media ‘nice guys’ and the rise of no point negative comments.
Uncov had this to say:
This is the last Uncov. Ever. I have been getting tired of it, and this has been manifesting itself in my writing. After seeing the spectacle at the Crunchies, I think it’s finally time to quit.
This overheard statement this morning sums it up: “Uncov is now no more, ironically still adding no value to anything.” Ironic that he ends it right after he meets the man he has been saying ‘fail’ about so often. It is much harder to hate, or be negative someone in person.
Will nice guys (and girls) win? That is a trend to watch in 2008.