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Published:June 20th, 2008 08:30 EST
Media Is The Masses: Look at me!

Media Is The Masses: Look at me!

By Sean Stubblefield

During my travels through Youtube, I`ve encountered a great many people posting videos with the disclaimer that they made the video just because they were bored, or with a caveat that they think what they did in the video is lame or not good.

So why bother posting it?! Why would someone deliberately show to the world something you consider personally meaningless or poorly done? If you don`t even care about it, why do it? And then why post it? Why should we be expected to care?

If you have nothing to say, then why are you still talking? Why share it with the world? Why seriously and knowingly present/ represent yourself as a fool, or as mediocre? Where`s your dignity and self respect? Is that really how you want to be known?

I`ve also noticed a lot of people apparently in a band merely to be in a band. Not because they have talent or anything meaningful to say... but just so they can say they are in a band. They have no interest or intention for being original, extraordinary or relevant.

It doesn`t matter to them that they have no unique sound or style, they don`t care if they are essentially a clone mimicking, and indistinguishable from, other bands.

I mean, if you are going to the effort of being in a band, why not embrace the opportunity to do something interesting, new and different?

Also, why do bands insist on using the same instruments? It`s like there`s a standard band kit they all buy. Why not do something innovative with your percussion by utilizing a celtic bodhran or taiko drum?

Instead of a typical and clichéd guitar, why not substitute a banjo or sitar?

Why are not more pianos, flutes, violins and uilleann pipes included more often?

Maybe you could use a drum for a base line. Add some throat singing, choral or opera.

Maybe you could incorporate various objects as musical instruments, thus inventing new instrumentality.

If you are going to use a common guitar or drum set, at least do something unusual, unconventional and clever with them.

You sound like New Found Glory or some American Idol contender?

So? We`ve already got them. What do you have to offer? Don`t be another some one else, doing what has already been done.

Strive to elevate the music. Please do not make yet another juvenile and status quo song about your libido or your ego, or inspiring nothing more than rhythmic gyration. You have an opportunity and a platform to make a statement... do something creative.

Why waste it?

And if you know you aren`t any good, or believe you aren`t, then come back when you don`t think you suck.

Why do they do this? They are what is known as an "attention whore". These people aren`t publicly displaying themselves for creativity or because they are artists, nor to contribute to the world ? but simply to be exhibitionists and/ or achieve a sense of "celebrity" status.

Currently based in Houston Texas, Sean Stubblefield graduated Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Television Production. A philosopher poet, Stubblefield has been writing non-fiction for 15 years, and has penned eight books to date. His first book, Paradox: A Journey Inside Out is available today at Amazon.com.

For More Information: www.myspace.com/exastral.