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This image has received over 2500 flickr views in the last 48 hours.
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I posted it just a few days ago, and I used it as the beginning of my goodbyes over there (just because it has a simple metaphorical element ... being a path leading who knows where...)
... so it didn't go in any groups.... and that, I know, is how flickr explore often works. You don't post in a group, a few contacts happen to click on it shortly after you post, and then it gets nabbed by the explore search engine or something....
... and to my knowledge there is little or no human intervention at any point:)

However irrational, I'd still be lying if I said I wasn't pleased....
...and I wouldn't be being quite open if I didn't admit that I sat up in bed and peered at my ipad saying ...
...."How many views???"
In the history of my photo sharing activities, nothing has had more views. Ever.
Don't get me wrong, I do like this image ... otherwise I wouldn't have posted it .......
.....and I guess I've had about 15 or 20 'explored' photos 'over there' ....but they have never been the ones that I considered to be my best ... (oh well except one)....


To be honest, I am more than a little annoyed with myself.... as I thought I was either above or beneath succumbing to the thrills of 15 minutes of fame.
Those 15 minutes that Andy Warhol referred to in 1968 :
"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes."
Andy Warhol's comment, which has been inevitably trivialised over the years, has a serious note.
Further investigation led me to discover that Benjamin Buchloh, a german art historian, suggested that "the tenet behind Warhol's claim might be that there is a systematic invalidation of the hierarchies of representational functions and techniques and that the hierarchy of subjects worthy to be represented will someday be abolished and therefore anybody and therefore everybody can be famous...."
Andy Warhol went on to mock himself by saying:

"In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes." I'm bored with that line. I never use it anymore. My new line is, "In fifteen minutes everybody will be famous."

Well, I do think that the hierarchy has been more or less abolished, and I thank goodness for that!
However, the outcome is that fame has become a commodity ... and an aspiration in itself. Creativity itself has become a commodity too... which is why flickr is getting all messed around .. (but that's another story)

... and we apparently clamour for it....

How many kids... when asked what they want to do when they grow up ... say :
'I want to be a celebrity'?
Way too many. Given that most of them don't stand a chance.

So, I have a dilemma in that I truly like the growing egalitarianism of what...who...how and where ...is newsworthy these days ... but I don't really like it when a robot gets switched on to count statisitics.... and come up with the answer... and then thousands of random clicks and faves ensue ...
... anymore than I like it when people who are famous just for being famous end up on the BBC news... :)

The Brits I think are quite attached to their hierarchies, and they never quite got around to having any proper revolutions ... so when one hierarchy does get worn away... someone just manufactures another one!
However, I digress....

~ All I really want, in my persona as a maker of digital imagery is a bit of recognition.... for what I did and do .... by someone who recognises something..... something real ... pertinent.... and individual... and more or less significant . I think all artists want that.
And of course there is nothing worse than a passive audience... which is why flickr explore works.... for 15 minutes.

I went to a jazz festival this weekend... a great reality check and some fabulous bands:) .... jazz musicians rarely get celebrity status......
.....and the urge to stand up and applaud was, for most of the jazz-loving audience, overwhelming. Music is undoubtedly the best artform to break down the barriers between creator and audience.
trumpet players
But that really is another story.



In photo sharing there is no applause ... just a list of more or less pertinent comments.

So... all this leads me to another question ( ....this article has lots of questions and no answers): why don't we trust what we see?
Why do we need a flickr explore machine to tell us which are the best ones?
Even though they aren't the best ones...?

I don't have the answers to any of these questions for the time being.....


with thanks to Wikipedia - the free encyclopedia for some of the information I have gathered here....
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/15_minutes_of_fame