I’m fully aware of the hypocrisy of what I’m doing here, I know that my writing/blogging is in and of itself pretty mediocre but bear with me for a bit. I needed to get a rant out there.
As of late, it seems to be that being just of passable standards seems to be good enough. I’m no art critic and most of my opinions are just that, My opinions, so feel free to criticise and come to your own conclusions and whatnot regarding this whole matter but I genuinely feel that we, as a society seem to not only encourage mediocrity but to an extent, celebrate it.
It’s not bad. It’s just not good either.
With the internet becoming an essential part of daily life and the dwindling attention spans of the general public, there seems to be an oversaturation of content out there. Some of which is absolutely brilliant and some of which is pretty fucking terrible. And with more and more people trying to get their name out there and trying to get their stuff out to the masses, there seems to be a shitton of what is average. Yes, there has always been content like it out there but we seem to celebrate and settle for it as a whole now.
It’s gotten to the point where most films just seem like a formulaic cinema with a big budget and typical storyline (think of any recent mainstream superhero movie that hasn’t stuck to the usual pattern of superhero flicks) and a fair share of music just seems like rehashed same-y tunes (with what seems to be a constant trap influence recently). This entire notion of trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator, sticking to what works and avoiding any sort of risk factor or much of a personal flair to is disheartening to me. We seem to delve into only the most familiar territory with some sort of aversion to trying for original content and concepts (Obviously I don’t mean everything is copied now, there is still plenty of original, good content out there)
The people, the faces, the notes, the chords, the scenes, the characters and the words are different but they all seem to be trying to strike the same notes, trying to replicate whats been done before almost beat for beat in order to get “popular” and make it into the mainstream.
Yes, I understand, we all are entitled to our own opinion and taste is purely subjective.
I have a personal bias against trap music, it simply doesn’t appeal to me very much and I understand that there are plenty of people who are in love with the genre, that’s fine by me. I enjoy experimental and noise rock which is not everyone’s cup of tea.
Not all types music or movie or art is enjoyed universally and nor do I say that it should be. But when I see talented musicians stoop to trying to imitate and jumping on the same bandwagon in an attempt to get the hype at the cost of a mediocre performance and unoriginality because they’re worried about what the people would think. It annoys me.
It’s pretty ironic when at a time like now when we seem to be encouraging everyone to “be themselves” and “be different”, all of us are trying to adhere to this standard of sameness.
In more than enough cases, a person who is blatantly average and someone with exceptional skill are given the same recognition and admiration.
That’s alright, it’s been that way for long enough, there’s always been passable content but it’s at times like this, the skilled individual has a choice to make. Does he settle or does he keep at his originality and try and work at his craft knowing that he can get the same praise with a much lower amount of effort?
I’m tired of people settling. I don’t mind having to deal with more shitty content than ever if it means encouraging originality. How about you?