Curation vs. Creation

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m addicted to the Internet. As a visual thinker and aesthetically-minded person, I’ve settled nicely into social media communities focused on curation – Tumblr and Pinterest, to be specific. And I know I’m not alone. Pinterest is one of the fastest-growing social media sites on the web, and Tumblr is host to over 50 million blogs. With a collective five and a half years spent on these sites, I’ve amassed a decent following of people who like my taste in snarky comics, hazy hipster photographs, and overpriced clothing.

But there’s a problem. None of it is mine.

Our Internet culture has resulted in a practice of hoarding other people’s creations instead of creating our own. We “ooh” and “ahh” over someone else’s original idea. We share it through social media. We use their handiwork to try and cobble together a story about who we are. But how many of us are writing the story from scratch? Who’s actually making daring art? And is anyone really making those fancy crafts pinned on their Pinterest DIY boards?

I started this blog partly to encourage myself to tone down the hoarding, and instead to turn my attention toward creation. It’s time for me to start sewing dresses instead of pinning them. Time to start making art instead of reblogging it. Time to get the creative juices flowing again!

How about you? Do you overdose on Internet curation the way I do? What do you think are the best ways to reverse the process toward creation?

Image courtesy of Flickr user madaise.

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One thought on “Curation vs. Creation

  1. whpsttch

    Actually, my big problem with sites like Pinterest is the fact that most users don’t add anything, at all. Even though there’s not much, there is a description box. Use it! Don’t just pin the same caption, write your own. Don’t just repeat the joke or the phrase in the image, let me know what you think about it! People who pin with the joke or phrase in the caption are actually the worst, and they are the reason I usually get fed up with Pinterest in like 2 minutes.

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