Are you guys over me?
Do you come here, looking for answers, to only get questions?
Do you leave?
Well do you?
Or is it something else you crave?
It seems like every blogger and her sister are starting collaborative sites. Blogger co-ops, if you will, filled with different perspectives, different subjects, yet they're all channeled through one, holistic voice. One point of view, through which the countless articles and selfies are filtered.
Is it humor?
Is it "couture"?
Is it lifestyle fashion, or emerging designer awareness, or shoe love?
Either way, there's so much categorization taking place in these desperate attempts to distinguish themselves from the rest. Which is understandable, considering our need to judge and stereotype and categorize. Considering our need to simplify.
But is fashion always humorous? Is fashion always "couture"?
How can we whittle down something so big into something so little? How can we assign an "angle" to something so open-ended?
I used to criticize blogs and sites that simply showcased photos. Their lack of text seemed . . . lazy.
It seemed dumb.
But I finally see the real appeal. I finally see why an image alone can engender more creativity and thought through innocent photography than through a simplified schtick aimed at engendering publicity.
For example, if I showed you the images above, sans commentary, what would you think? Would you be more inclined to scroll through without thought, or would you indeed develop your own train of ideas? Your own opinion?
Now lets say I filtered your thoughts through a 1. humorous angle. What if I decided to make fun of the fact that you can see my butt.
What if this were a solely 2. cultural blog?
What if I addressed the legitimacy of the "tribal print"? Or the history of the open back?
What if it were a 3. philosophical one? (ehem).
What if I talked about the reason I refuse to style my hair. Or why I feel more confident smirking than smiling?
Would I be evoking new thoughts, or squashing them? Would I be opening the conversation, or narrowing it?
We're always told to have an "angle", because that's what makes us unique.
Because that's what makes us stand out.
But could our gimmicks be narrowing our thoughts?