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Artists Have Day Jobs Because No One Values Art, Artists Or Artisans Anymore

Current Trends by Natasha Sapp

And of course the, looming for decades now, reality that the internet has ‘reduced’ journalism to anyone with a blog, has given rise to multi-million, multi-billion dollar communications entities who are under the mistaken impression that ‘because everyone has a blog,’ ‘everyone is vying for that all important breakout moment, exposure’ they can treat established writers, field artisans the same, by not paying them simply dangling before them the ‘honor’ of being placed in well-known magazine, newspaper X. This combined with growing understanding that the arena of journalism, op-ed writing, even more creative venues, i.e. fiction books, highly successful ones, has been virtually eating itself alive, not just the changing landscape of writing mediums in the digital age, has led to artists ‘working for free,’ not to be confused with creators who can’t find their lucrative niche, didn’t negotiate to get paid, paid enough, the accusation Jennifer Lawrence wrongly leveled at herself and media was all too happy to run with, or choose the right job to earn a wage. Dido with exclusively art, whether you’re doing actual painting or digital variations, it’s bigger than the concrete, immovable truth it’s less versatile, useful than jewelry people can wear, pottery that has more than an esthetic function. It isn’t the newfangled psychology behind the art, the new medium unworthy of a bona-fide artist trying to be a modern Van Gogh; it’s how artists have to alter an intensely personal form of self-expression to get it to sell for money they can actually eat on, be displayed in a gallery for minimal compensation…. Brooks, who bitterly embodies the phrase those who can’t do teach, an educator who can’t grasp, seemingly for the life of her, that writing is an inherent talent to be honed not a skill to be taught, learned the same way you assimilate 2+2, different levels of writing require different levels of skill, lastly academic writing is a sector of writing wholly removed unto itself still; blasting high school writers struggling with 20 page papers, incidentally the ballpark for my college English major capstone senior essay circa 2006, Brooks writing in 2011, that’s excluding the ones today who have moved to a faculty reviewed portfolio and a reflection essay of 3-5 pages. For immediate historical reference, a decade ago when I was completing said college program 20-25 pages was the maximum for an undergraduate final experience essay, 50 for a master’s thesis and 100 for a doctorate. And to be abundantly clear artists have day jobs because they are forced to not because they want to…but millennials are just lazy, just refuse to work unless it’s under their optimum conditions. No, the remaining lucky ones, extremely industrious ones, adventurous ones go engineer their optimum conditions by starting their own company founded on the work principles they cherish when mainstream employers, college professors exc. tell them their optimum conditions are impossible….oh and women apologize a to inanimate objects for bumping into them out of respect to the people whom the objects belong, not because they are socially wired to be meek, demur and say sorry regularly and spontaneously. Read More

Our Health Obsession is Killing Us: or Why Companies Don’t Need Chief Health Officers

Current Trends by Natasha Sapp

…other news circuits, commentary sites, blogs took on the opposite side of the coin essentially calling out viewers and television show makers for our lurid obsession with mental illness watching people’s most shameful, humiliating moments, the lowest points in their lives on our screens, not for insight provided, suggestions on how to help their loved ones, connections to top help around the country, in their area for a singular, specific disorder, but for titillation; viewing designed to say look, look how out there, bizarre, insane these people are. Programs like Fit to Fat to Fit, according to one article, oozing contempt disguised as empathy, one mother’s testimonial about her trials with healthy eating and battling the mommy clusters judging her for letting her kids have potatoes “I was an all-organic, clean-eating, sugar-free mom, too. It drove my family insane without making us healthier.” Another called out fad diets and the lies we tell ourselves about them, fooling ourselves into believing we are healthier than we are, are employing healthier habits than we actually do on any regular basis. And the last one showcased within roughly a 2 month period discussed here; a testimonial from a Salon.com author who titled her autobiographical essay “I wasted decades feeling fat and ugly,” who at 74, reasonably healthy refuses to apologize any longer, flying in the face of the dooms day health predictions for persons with type 2 diabetes and so forth…Stories all proving health and medicine both aren’t one size fits all, one dimensional and chief health officers as they would be used only serving as another source of nagging, anxiety, pressure to those pressured enough, white noise to a public already not listening. Read More

Proposed College Admissions Revolution Still Excludes Capable Deserving People

Current Trends by Natasha Sapp

…of course we want the best doctors, lawyers, career professionals when lives and livelihoods are on the line, why medical and law schools to name only two major entities should take only the best and the brightest, the top MCAT and LSAT scorers. However at the undergraduate level, in broader fields encompassing a multitude of jobs where people can find their niche, with less on the line, there is no reason college admittance shouldn’t be based on possession of all your mental faculties, ability to pay for it through loans, scholarships, financial aid, willingness to put in the effort alone; accentuating the difference between upholding the stopgap of maintaining a C average in major related coursework, ensuring we get the best and brightest there too, and college admittance ‘standards’ based on has the most community service, a wider variety of extracurricular activities, the absolute best SAT/ACT scores within a point or two or 5 GPA’s calculated down to within hundredths of a decimal point. Why is one exceedingly important and the other not, because while k-12 education is about general knowledge and function in the world college represents your window into the professional, working world, your singular opportunity at a solid job which will determine where you live, how well you live, can care for yourself, your family, impact health, not things to leave up to arbitrary rules, measurements and perceptions.Read More

Countdown to Iowa Means Witnessing a Meltdown for the American People

Current Trends by Natasha Sapp

If you didn’t know it was an election season, you do now; republicans just had their 6th debate and democrats their 4th. As the Iowa caucuses loom, the gloves have indeed come off; true to pattern, what little there has been in the chaos now labeled American politics, it was what was happening pre and post-debate that was more likely to wake people from their collective debate coma. Read More

2nd Democratic Debate: Paris Attacks Shift Focus to National Security

Current Trends by Natasha Sapp

Martin O’Malley and Hillary Clinton essentially spent the night sparing over foreign policy leaving behind a, analyst purported, out of his depth Bernie Sanders; still Bernie Sanders throughout the debate doing a stellar job of pivoting questions back around to his key campaign markers, far better than Marco Rubio did on the republican side… On domestic issues the economy, healthcare, immigration it was an exact mirror of the last debate an, albeit civil, back and forth about how to pay for aids to the middle class, bettering minimum health, opportunity encompassing all, getting slightly more interesting… Democrats were the only ones to bring up race relations or gun control, the mass carceral state, the protests on the University of Missouri campus regarding racism concerns other than to laugh at it when asked or call the resigning presidents at that institution weak… Again, definite voter in 2016, Hillary Clinton gets my vote… Not because Bernie Sanders exhibited analyst highlighted weakness on foreign policy, has a completely different reason for running for president, not because Martin O’Malley’s answers on terror, international relations we’re good; he didn’t have a point on being more long sighted and forward thinking in dealing with the rest of the world. It was that her answers were better…Read More

James Harrison Football Great Epic Parenting Fail

Current Trends by Natasha Sapp

Other vast misconceptions, that the so called “real world” is without incentives, rewards for small things whether it’s a gold star in kindergarten, an attendance award at school or a participation award for peewee football, youth soccer, junior hockey league; how else do you explain bonuses, golden parachutes given to exiting CEO’s, jobs that pay by commission, extra benefits, work perks offered by employers to draw their most desired persons, offered in fields struggling to get workers; today those include almost anything in manual labor, welding, construction exc…that we ever lived in a meritocracy to begin with, at minimum for the last 45 years; people are chiefly against participation trophies citing the working world doesn’t operate that way, instead operating on actual achievement, tangible accomplishment, solid qualifications in terms of degrees, certifications, awards based on innovation, sales numbers and so forth. Except now, going back to the 1970’s, who can honestly say they got their job solely on their credentials coupled with a stellar interview, at the very least didn’t get a leg up, better consideration based on whose name they could drop, who they know who used to work there, the fact their family member works there or their husband’s friend recommended them for the job, their last name is well known based on the accomplishments of their parents? Teens getting their first job increase their chances if a friend who also works there can vouch for them; today if you want a job you better network, network, network…why is that if we live in a meritocracy? Read More

Kentucky County Clerk Judicial Tyranny versus Religious Freedom: She Didn’t Have to Go to Jail and there is no ‘Criminalization of Christianity’

Current Trends by Natasha Sapp

Appeals dried up, warnings falling on deaf ears, grinding to a halt the marriage license division of the county clerk’s office, to say nothing of the media circus descending on such a small town, hints why Ms. Davis again found herself before a judge two weeks ago Thursday on a contempt of court charge subsequently jailed when the judge did find legal grounds for that contempt. Not for practicing her faith, praying at work over a meal, her lunch, not for sharing the gospel with random people in or out of her office (proselytizing), not for having a personal conversation with someone and mentioning Jesus, not for inviting a coworker to a bible study or her church, not for reading her bible at work while on break, not for preaching in the street or speaking out against that which she finds immoral, rather for not doing her job, and worse for expecting the law, the government to give her a pass on religious grounds.Read More