An aside, I use the term artist interchangeably as an individual who works in the creative mediums, whether they be visual, performance or written. For the purpose of this, I am going to specifically be talking about writers and our responsibility to our craft.
Throughout history it is the artists who have provoked change. Where would we be without the works of:
Walt Whitman ~ Henry David Thoreau ~ Henrik Ibsen ~ Franz Kafka ~ William Styron ~ William Faulkner ~ William Golding ~ Mary Wollstonecraft ~ Thomas Paine ~ Simone de Beauvoir ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky ~ Upton Sinclair ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe ~ to name a few.
These are writers whose work have transcended time. Their words were criticized, challenged, reviled and censored. Yet they have endured long past many other popular works of their time. As they should. These works were written for a larger purpose than mere narrative or amusement.
I find it troubling that today the bulk of our entertainment is one-dimensional in its purpose . Books are read, television and films watched and nothing of value remains. Although there are hundreds of television channels, there is not much to instigate change, nor elevate the human condition.
Instead, the masses drink in the drugs of oblivion: FX to dazzle, 3D for awe, and violence for the shock value alone. The more violent the film or show, the more popular it is. Films are relying on special effects for story momentum. Even our music now has an in-your-face attitude. The louder and more stimulating the better.
I say: Where is the CRAFT? What happened to the MESSAGE? What is the PURPOSE? Where is the VALUE?
My corporate website states:
“CINEMA PROFOUND believes in thought-provoking film and television entertainment. Art that is culturally responsible while remaining relevant and timely in its message. In the new globally interconnected world, we need entertainment that contributes to the greater good, says something meaningful and is truly transformational.” ~ Sidney Peck
The time has come for people to awaken from their media-induced slumber and make lucid decisions about what we as a public will choose to leave behind as our legacy for future generations. Being “entertaining” shouldn’t be the benchmark of a project’s success.
What’s your take on this?
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