Are We As Consumers Doing All The Work?

We all know what production is, and we know what consumption is. You can refer to this older post about that here. There are those who are producers and those who are consumers, but have you ever heard of prosumption?

Many, many years ago (like the 1970’s) the word prosumption was coined to describe a change in the way that production of goods would be produced. It was reasoned that the economic landscape would grow to benefit consumers to such a degree that they would have much say in how and what was being produced. This is for the most part how some things turned out. One can have a specific saying or image produced onto t-shirts, mugs, and clocks with the click of a button. More and more consumers are producing their own media and customizing businesses across the internet to meet their own needs. Blogs being one of the biggest arenas for prosumption. We are the creators and consumers of the products or media being produced. YouTube is another great example of prosumption.
Actual prosumption, though, through mass customization of mega business for the consumer has not been met with their initial assumptions.

I would like to address some disconcerting fads that large corporations have begun to incorporate into their profit systems.

I hadn’t heard of prosumption until the other day. I came across this scientific article because of a fellow blogger. I am now more aware and would like others to be a bit more aware as well. We can not make fully informed decisions in our society if we are not fully aware of the mechanisms at work.

Most likely you have prosumed and you didn’t even know it. You know those oh so convenient check out lines where you get to ring up and bag your own groceries? Yep, you were not only consuming the goods from the store, you were part of the production process when you did the work of a cashier and bagger. Prosumerism is also present when you use your internet connection and your computer to shop around on the internet. You check yourself out and your goods arrive at your doorstep.

These things seem like great innovations. They are convenient and help you get through your day with less hassle, but in the long run are they really helping out our society as a whole?

When you choose to use the self checkout, are you getting a discount for doing the extra work? Not likely, you are paying the same prices as those using the cashier’s line. You can argue that is was quicker, but did the store under staff their cashiers on purpose? Did they artificially create longer lines? Were you essentially forced to use the self check-out? These are the things that we need to be aware of in our technologically advanced capitalistic society.

When we are not aware of what is going on, that is when we are open for exploitation.

All of big business is set up to make a profit. They are going to use everything they can to make more profit. If this means using less cashiers and more self-checkouts then that is what they are going to do. At first it seems great. We are moving forward as a society with the use of these machines, but what happens to that cashier who can’t make her house payment because her hours have been cut?

Think about all of the bookstores that went out of business since the advent of Amazon?

It seems our technology in the wrong hands (or wrong economic model) is a double edged sword.

I like innovation. I like the new things that we have created as a society, but I do not like the golem corporations that keep sucking up all the money and funneling it to the top. It definitely is a vortex.

I do not mind sometimes ringing up my own groceries and bagging them. I do however mind having my labor exploited for the bottom line.

Be ever vigilant my friends and we as the prosumer can begin to turn the tables.

How Are You Affecting Your Reality?

Exchanging energy is second nature with humans.

                                      Exchanging energy is second nature with humans.

I had a clarity of mind in an energy exchange with another person this morning. This exchange of energy was through the form of thoughts that were created by our brains’ reactions to each others brain’s outward expression of thoughts. Each one of us has the ability to create and express thoughts which are created by our brains through an energy exchange system.

I feel like this initial paragraph is rather confusing. So I created a cartoon to make sure you understand what I mean by energy exchange.

How we create our stories

                                                            How we create our stories

Energy ExchangeI want to show you the perspective of how you are physically being affected as well as your immediate world around you is physically being affected by not only yours, but everyone’s thoughts through this energy exchange system.

Before I explain to you this truth that I have come to realize, I need to make sure you completely understand how my mind has come to this conclusion. I do not want my saying “You are affected physically by your thoughts’” to seem as some metaphysical or esoteric froofroo grasp of our reality, so I am going to add a ton of links, but not an exhaustive list.

(Do yourself justice and read.  A lot.)

Your thoughts are energy.
Atoms and the smaller and smaller particles that make up atoms are a form of energy.  Your body is a cohesive lump of energy formed for the creation of something.

If you have a reaction to a situation (be it angry, nervous, upset, emotionally touched, happy, excited, sad) then you are being affected energetically which translate to physically affected by that reaction.

In using the phrase “a reaction” I am using the definition “a response to a stimulus.”

The energy is chemical and swirls around in your brain which in turn creates thoughts, hence thoughts are energy in the form of bio-magnetic energy.

Is that energy for good or bad? Are your thoughts positive or negative?

In these questions I am under the assumption that consuming energy and never creating something with the energy consumed one effectively creates inward flow of negative energy. This to me would be a void constantly consuming energy.

On the other hand consuming energy and then creating something for others to consume would effectively create a positive outward flow of energy.

Does one get a return on their energy consumption or do they just keep consuming?

An example of a positive outward flow would be working and creating value with their body and mind.

An example of a negative inward flow would be continually pulling in the energy of others to consume without giving anything back. Anyone know of a chatty Betty in the office that brings about the worst in people?

Humans are energy exchangers of sorts. Our bodies are an energy exchange system as well as other beings in the world, like animals and plants.

We consume energy in the form of food by breaking it down into its smallest components to be reassembled into whatever we need it for.

I may have drawn this one backward, but you get the idea hopefully.

                    I may have drawn this one backward, but you get the idea hopefully.

The brain and its functions consume the majority of our energy.

And we project this energy out toward those around us as well.

The energy of our brains has an effect on the energy of our hearts and vice versa. This energy also effects the hearts and minds of those closest to us. The more energy that we give into our thoughts and emotions the stronger our circle of effect we create.

Are we creating a whirlwind of negative aspects in our life?

How do our thoughts effect those around us?

Do we have a negative return on our energy consumption, or do we have a positive return from our energy system?

Do we just consume or do we put thought and function back into our environment for this exchange. For energy is not destroyed or created. Energy gets moved around. How are we moving that energy around?

Do we just consume? Are we consuming more than what we can effectively return back into the world in exchange?

*Note the use of affect vs effect is a bit confusing for me, so I may have gotten some of them wrong.  Otherwise I tried. Also, I am not a scientist and only theorize my truth explained.  I do invite debate, though.

Has Your Lifestyle Been Designed By Marketers

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My husband moved up in the world of business about a year and a half ago. We did like most Americans and began spending more money. We decided to expand our family. We bought a new vehicle, and we decided to buy a larger house….this on top of just spending for spending’s sake.

Then we stopped ourselves and my husband quit his job on Friday after a culmination of synchronistic events.

Why?

Because he wanted to stay at home more. We need him and he wants to be with us. Yes, I do have an art business I run out of my home, but it is still scary as hell moving away from an 8:30-6:30 job. (Screw this 9-5 nonsense, he was always away longer)

I really appreciate the following article for its candidness. I promise to update you on my husband’s antics at home. He has been home for only a few days straight and already my baby’s first words are dada…go figure.

Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The Forty-Hour Workweek).

Have you quit you day job?

I want to know gory details.

Will Our Own Creations Take Over One Day?

Nothing Skews Nature Quite Like Monsters and Zombies.

It seems there are others out there feeling the same way I do about some of the systems that we have created.  Have you heard of the hive mind they have created for robots?  I have quite a few thoughts in my head where this can lead, and hopefully the one where the psychopathic corporate heads are taken down for not making any logical sense.

Here are a few more links of interesting articles that correlate with my previous post.

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Human ingenuity has created a world that the mind cannot master. Have we finally reached our limits?

The New Totalitarianism: How American Corporations Have Made America Like the Soviet Union

The Ever Winding and Tightening Gyre of Disappearing Whiffenpoofs

So It Begins: Darpa Sets Out to Make Computers That Can Teach Themselves

Enjoy!

 

 

Christmas Decorating Made Easy

I couldn’t help myself when I came across this idea.  It didn’t help that I had some plywood in my backyard waiting to be transformed.  Enjoy!

Gridding off the plywood to scale up the picture.

                                    Gridding off the plywood to scale up the picture.

Completed scaled drawing, ready for the jigsaw.

                              Completed scaled drawing, ready for the jigsaw.

A coat of primer to seal the wood.

                                     A coat of primer to seal the wood.

Just about finished.  I didn't take many painting photos, because I get into the zone.

Just about finished. I didn’t take many painting photos, because I get into the zone.

I wanted to try out the effect and work on details before moving outside.

I wanted to try out the effect and work on details before moving outside.

The finished piece, a few staples, and we are now decorated.

The finished piece, a few staples, and we are now decorated. That damned Grinch, always stealing our decorations.

I’m still getting a tickle out of this idea every time I pull up in the drive.

Don’t Listen to the Man Driving the Black Sedan


Sometimes I think my brain gets fatigued and I end up getting influenced by the corporate new world order. Influenced to live a way of life in which I’m told to leave my children under the care of someone else while I venture out to make large sums of money for someone else…and maybe a little for me.

I ended up getting whisked away with the dreams of cruising the Mediterranean and seeing the sites. This of course happened while I sat across from a bald guy in a closet office on the third floor of an office building. He had contacted me about an offer that could make me a very rich woman…not to mention all the other perks.
I just had to learn the ropes, so I buckled down and in a week I was licensed to sell *drum roll please* insurance.

Really?

Why did I do that?

I let money completely blind me for about 3 weeks and then after days of cold calling random people for 8 hours a day the artist inside of me began to scream!

I got sick. I’m not sure if it was all the calling or trying to learn all the ways to psychologically screw with people’s minds to make them buy insurance. It may have been both. I stopped the whole public relations and advertising bit for the very same reason.

How do people live everyday knowing they are manipulating others to make a few more dollars?
The last time that I tried to take on a job other than art, I got very sick. I’m reminded now of inflamed carotid arteries.

I think I may need some Jungian analysis or I may just be on to something.

I do know that I got the message this time around. I am not a person who sells their integrity for a paycheck.

I have now begun to put as much effort into my art business as I did into becoming an insurance salesman and things are actually looking up. I only needed to be despised by people to understand that I wasn’t giving myself enough credit when it came to my talents as an artist.

I will be launching an actual website soon. I allowed the professionals be professionals and took some great advice from so many who continued to encourage me to follow my heart and I am thankful for that.

I will leave you with some creations.

A lovely tribute piece created for a dojo.

A lovely tribute piece created for a dojo.

Spy theme

Spy theme

Acrylic on a reclaimed cupboard door.

Acrylic on a reclaimed cupboard door.

Beautiful Pet Portrait

Beautiful Pet Portrait

Piece for a Vegan restaurant in Memphis, TN made on reclaimed antique desktop.

Piece for a Vegan restaurant in Memphis, TN made on reclaimed antique desktop.

Bringing up The Next Generation of Thomas Paines

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I love being having the freedom to share the genuine and thoughtful ideas of those around me…and I hope to be able to continue to do so for many generations to come.

“To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.”
Thomas Paine, The American Crisis

The long road of life…

The road may be long, but it is also filled with many sites.

The road may be long, but it is also filled with many sites.

“To summon angels is one thing. To be an angel is another. The latter will get you and the world far more mileage. The earth is not a place where angels thrive. It is a training ground to become one.”

http://omtimes.com/2013/05/the-truth-about-fairy-tales-from-the-heart-with-alan-cohen/

 

Gosh how I love to live and breath creativity…

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” ~Neil Gaiman

Read more at: http://skinnyartist.com/150-amazing-quotes-to-feed-your-creative-soul/
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Looks like the struggle never ends…

Artists John Pitre's depiction of man's struggle here on earth with his self imposed restrictions.

Artists John Pitre’s depiction of man’s struggle here on earth with his self imposed restrictions.

Twelve Art World Habits to Ditch in 2012

The above article reminded me of when I learned about the history on Monet and the French Impressionistic movement which happened over 100 years ago.  It is also reminiscent of the movements in the art world in the 1960’s.

I wondered: Do they teach about the movements against the mainstream art world in academia?

I never attended an art class so I haven’t a clue.  I do know that I have come across many with art degrees and some with Masters who have never sold a thing and are very unsure of what exactly to do when it comes to selling or marketing their art.

I now wondered:  What do they teach in art school?

I have only always had a longing to put down on paper what I saw all around me and that is where my talent blossomed.  I am rarely without pencil and paper and I want to learn all that I can about materializing my thoughts and dreams.  I gleaned what I could as a child from the encyclopedia, drawing everything that I could find, and spending hours concentrated on nothing other than my drawings.

Still, I never believed myself an artist and I spend much of what I make a month paying off student loans for a Science degree that has yet to land me a job.

I think we may be due for another revolution in many aspects of our lives here on earth as a species.  Much of what we do in everyday life doesn’t make much sense for our well being and is getting pretty absurd.

I now will end in wonder…Do we really need more than one pair of shoes, or hand held electronic devices that occupy our every waking moment, or over processed food that is killing us and making us miserable…