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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Critics vs Creators

Ok so I was going to try and write a movie review about "21", where a group of MIT students count cards in Las Vegas and make a lot of money, but I'm not a very good critic, so instead I will write about something I'm titling "Critics vs Creators". Everyone complains about something, some people complain about everything, I complain too, so I'm not trying to be Mr. High and Mighty.   We've all been to parties, events, weddings, whatever, where people are constantly complaining to each other about the food or the length or the decorations or what so and so was wearing.   Why?   It's easy to complain about stuff, if you have nothing to talk about you can always just complain about something or gossip about someone.   We've all heard the adage, "everyone's a critic,"   because being a critic is easy! The challenge lies in creating to a point where creation is a key to success.   I will pull examples from very different situations to show this.   As a disclaimer, if this seems obvious to you, don't read on, but since everyone's always complaining about something I hope this will pique the interest of someone. In the entertainment industry, the artists are the creators, the critics are well... pretty much everyone who listens to music or watches movies.   We see the artists as successful. In sports, the athletes are the creators, the critics are the journalists, the commentators, and of course all the sports fans.   The athletes are the role models, or the successful people, that we look up to.   On the Internet, we call creators publishers.   These are the people or companies that create content (be it videos, reviews, websites, platforms).   On the other hand, we have (using a word I made up) the linkers, those who mash together links to the creators content, re-use others code to in effect add nothing to the Internet.   As a 30 second case study, let's look at Google.   10 years ago Google was a creator, they created an algorithm which people showed up to see, and Google saw great success.   After more and more search engines came out, the Google search engine has now become a linker.   And Google knows this, that's why they acquired a publisher, YouTube, and are completely revamping the backend of their advertising platform, and since their IPO have been seeing great success.   Apple and iPod is also an example that needs no explanation.   So again we see that creation is key. To bring these examples together, we see the athletes, the artists, the innovative businesses, the scientists who create a cure for a disease, the lawmakers, etc... as successful people because they are creating something, they are adding something new to humanity which wasn't there before.   Someone might say well to me, well what about the street musician who creates music and isn't successful, or the pitcher who doesn't make it passed college ball, or Internet tycoon that goes bankrupt?   Are these creators successful? or in other words, is creation really the same thing as success? I guess the answer is that no, creation is not equivalent to success.   However, the guy sitting on his sofa watching football and never playing... is he any more successful?   The "closet"-singer who never sings in public? The guy who can quote everything but can't write anything?   So maybe creation is not the same thing as success but creation is a necessary component of it. Logically, this is: to be successful you have to create, but creation doesn't mean success follows.   So the point: Create! don't complain. If you complain about something DO something better yourself, don't just talk about doing something better.   And on that note, talk to you all later. -Michael

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