Friday, May 26, 2006

Gimme a C! Gimmie an A! Gimmie a K!...


Don't think of it as an insipid IF word, think of it as a challenge to be creative.

Just for shits & giggles, I've been perusing blogs of the left and right wings. Though I freely admit that I lean towards the conservative side, I've always wished that I had a laser-narrow zealous fervor for one political flavor or the other. I'm sure I'd get much more hits that way. I guess I can just see too many perspectives or points of view at once. So many times people (on both wings) ask me, "just whose side are you on anyway??!" Why do people think there's something wrong with you if you don't choose a "side" in a pointless argument?

But not only do we want other people to be on our side, we want so badly to be on someone's side! We want to feel at home, we want to be amongst friends. We have this bizarre culture that celebrates originality- as long as it's not TOO original, demands freedom- but damns all those who fight for it, and praises individuality- as long as everyone's being an individual in exactly the same way.

I think that we're all just too lonely. That's why we have all these gadgets to communicate 24/7 and can't just get enough of chat rooms, blogs, IMs, TV, and every other bit of media. We're just starving for something to fill our loneliness, and we can't ever get enough.

Let me know what you think. I'm lonely.

TTFN
-Tony

19 comments:

Janet said...

I think you always have a lot on your mind :)
(how's the back lately?)

uvor said...

pic's great, I too have problems with that bloody theme!

Caroline said...

That's an amazing poster!

And I know what you mean about the problem of not taking sides... the only bad times I had a primary school were when there was a "war" on and I refused to take sides... turned me into the scapegoat immeditately... but I was stubborn and still refused to take sides.

And now I see it all as just a scaled up (and therefore much scarier) form of playground politics.

No need to be lonely when you've bloggers around!

Robert McLaughlin said...

Tony,

You must have gotten this illustration idea from some right or left wing conspiracy weblog, huh? ;>)

I agree with you on the ideas about individuality. We all play lip-service to it, however, in the long run, we often feel compelled to belong to a group. I don't think that this is a bad idea, though. As long as we maintain the perspective to see through the clap-trap that type-A personalities like to foist off on their followers. And we maintain the good sense to separate ourselves from too-manipulative leaders, when the proper time comes to do so.

. said...

And I thought my cake post was unique, this is very unexpected! Love the lighting, espesially the blue horizontal glare.

Don't worry about lacking a laser-narrow zealous ferver for one political party, its much funner to be somewhere in between because then you can relate to more people and take in more ideas, even if you don't agree with them. If you ask me, people are too complex to be defined by one party, there is so much variation under each label that labels are mostly usless.

I agree with you, we have even put "origional" into a label, a steriotype, and if you fall outside of that people really look at you funny. All well. Somebody has to redefine culture, we might as well be the ones.

AndyDoodler said...

We're just animals- there is no "free will"- all our wants and needs are based on our genetics/nature, nurture, and our neighborhoods. Seems like this season of the Sopranos is exploring this pretty much. Born an Untouchable = bad luck? Born Wally Cleaver = good luck? You want to belong-- that's how you're built- you don't care to belong- that's how you're built. Just like the C.A.K.E.'s are built to fight evil. I'm not sure I believe what I've just typed- I'm sort of in-between as usual. It's up to my gut to take a side- and it sides with cake and C.A.K.E.
Lonely- and unfortunately programed not to like it.
(I'm programed to like your illustration though).

merlinprincesse said...

Frightening cow! But nice illo. Had some problems with it tooooo! Sometimes the themes seems....strange.... ;o)
I'm a lonely MP... :) Aren't we all? But hopefully not all the time!

TXArtcGal said...

I'm glad you were creative with the theme this week...heaven knows, I haven't been able to pump a creative juice out of my brain for weeks! Great take on this week's theme...and, definitely one-of-a-kind! I LOVE the technique you used, the the message is thought-provoking too! Awesome job!

kat@ohmtastic said...

love the mutant cowdroid!

i'm with you on the political parties, though in my self-centered world i wish there was a party that agreed with me, not the other way around!

JacqueLynn said...

As for me - I'm on those kick ass C.A.K.E. Cows' side - they are honking cool. I grew up on a dairy farm - but I don't remember our cows being as cool as yours!! Love this illo. Love the idea!
Best Regards, Jacque

Studio Zuga said...

great piece of c.a.k.e and comment

Maria Eugenia said...

cowcake poderosa !

Amy Zaleski said...

Holy COW (sorry for the pun), that's funny as hell!

Larry Lee said...

My daughter loves cows. Great illo. This may well be the most surprising take on the subject.
8^)

V.K. said...

I'm with you in the lonely club! Well, sometimes, especially when I watch Terms of Endearment....NOT!! But...yeah...then I have to watch a few episodes of Max Headroom to remind me of who I am, really. Deep down inside. I'm a droid, and that cow kombatant.....is freakin' hilarious!! I've read a few of your posts, it's my weekly visit - love your writing. Think I'll go mosey on over to your frilled up and streamlined site and see what new vids you've got percolating!

ValGalArt said...

This is an amazing piece!! And those eyeballs in the the background staring at me are brilliant!

Factoryrat71 said...

Awesome idea!!

Twisselman said...

Love the lighting effects. Whoa.

And, yes, it's that quest for 'rugged individualism' that keeps the masses buying the same SUV as their neighbor and his neighbor and his neighbor just bought.

Joy Eliz said...

First of all I love, love, love this illo!!! It's about time cows took a stand! :)