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Or, why I’ve (mostly) unplugged from the digital space (for now)

Being Instafamous is hard work. On top of that hard work is a layer of deception that everyone is participating in.

The Influencer’s Dilemma

It’s a great read. A few more salient quotes:

People have not yet internalized that most forms of digital social capital is for sale. They don’t grasp how effortlessly people can manufacture likes, purchase followers, and artificially create popularity.

One consideration as to why Wikipedia “works” is that the platform is non-profit. Wikipedia’s goal is not viewer engagement but rather truth and fact, elements that traditional platforms are willing to overlook in their pursuit of profit.

It’s not possible to eliminate social capital’s captivating charm. Instead, we must identify how to create platforms that award people influence fairly, based upon the real value they provide.

[We] need a way that allows everyone to easily verify the veracity of social capital in a way that, for thousands of years, depended upon the presence of real live people.

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Side hustle

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Tent Rock

A beautiful spot in the New Mexico desert, and a welcome break from the city.

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Mid-night oil

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Making progress

My work nest here in Albuquerque
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Spice

If you want a little more spice, I've got some pepper I can sell you

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I finally found it

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Land & Title

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Assembly complete!

A quick note to say not only has work re-started on my latest film, but I’ve also (finally) finished the first full assembly! This is a major milestone. It’s the first time all the material I’d like to see in the film is collected in order on a single timeline. Now I can see the shape of it.

A process that ended up being tremendously helpful was to allow my intuition to make poetic associations between visuals, largely based on mood and emotion. Then I might write some music to match the mood, and edit a scene in that flow. This led to some surprising discoveries of connections between material and, I hope, a much more interesting film to watch.

It’s been a long, iterative process. I’ve been through three or four major reorganization of the material. As it stands the film is two hours and 40 minutes long, with 90+ scenes. Time to start cutting it down to just the essence!

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A Guide To Recognizing My Whereabouts