Spice Girls photoshoot at school. LOVE
Spice Girls photoshoot at school. LOVE
Today, I needed some perspective. I found it here.
If you’ve ever struggled with trusting the “just go with it, it’s all part of the process” aspects of college. Or maybe sometimes you have that sinking feeling or day to day blahs, wondering what “it” all means. Perhaps even if you’re simply trying to ride out the ebbs and flows of life, this video might help you feel a little more at ease.
This message helped me today, so I thought I’d share.
As always, feel free to pass it on.
Here is the full description:
“In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech didn’t become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death. It is, without a doubt, some of the best life advice we’ve ever come across, and perhaps the most simple and elegant explanation of the real value of education.
We made this video, built around an abridged version of the original audio recording, with the hopes that the core message of the speech could reach a wider audience who might not have otherwise been interested. However, we encourage everyone to seek out the full speech (because, in this case, the book is definitely better than the movie).
Imagination fuels creativity.
Both have been helped and hindered by the cultural swan dive into the digital rabbit hole. Personally, I’ve started wondering how much of my time spent in front of a screen is actually living. It’s important to unplug every so often, spend a few hours away from your devices and face to face with people who make you laugh, wandering around places that bring you intrigue and enjoyment or just exploring some place new. It doesn’t have to be one or the other, on or off all the time, but try turning off your electronic devices for a little while and let your imagination play. It can be humbling and even take you on a surprising journey. Power off and take a good look around, perhaps you’ll even trip over some inspiration.
The following is an iconic poem on the subject, from a dreamer and a beautiful mind.
The most important thing we’ve learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set —
Or better still, just don’t install
The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we’ve been,
We’ve watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.
(Last week in someone’s place we saw
A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they’re hypnotised by it,
Until they’re absolutely drunk
With all that shocking ghastly junk.
Oh yes, we know it keeps them still,
They don’t climb out the window sill,
They never fight or kick or punch,
They leave you free to cook the lunch
And wash the dishes in the sink —
But did you ever stop to think,
To wonder just exactly what
This does to your beloved tot?
IT ROTS THE SENSE IN THE HEAD!
IT KILLS IMAGINATION DEAD!
IT CLOGS AND CLUTTERS UP THE MIND!
IT MAKES A CHILD SO DULL AND BLIND
HE CAN NO LONGER UNDERSTAND
A FANTASY, A FAIRYLAND!
HIS BRAIN BECOMES AS SOFT AS CHEESE!
HIS POWERS OF THINKING RUST AND FREEZE!
HE CANNOT THINK — HE ONLY SEES!
‘All right!’ you’ll cry. ‘All right!’ you’ll say,
‘But if we take the set away,
What shall we do to entertain
Our darling children? Please explain!’
We’ll answer this by asking you,
‘What used the darling ones to do?
‘How used they keep themselves contented
Before this monster was invented?’
Have you forgotten? Don’t you know?
We’ll say it very loud and slow:
THEY … USED … TO … READ! They’d READ and READ,
AND READ and READ, and then proceed
To READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks!
One half their lives was reading books!
The nursery shelves held books galore!
Books cluttered up the nursery floor!
And in the bedroom, by the bed,
More books were waiting to be read!
Such wondrous, fine, fantastic tales
Of dragons, gypsies, queens, and whales
And treasure isles, and distant shores
Where smugglers rowed with muffled oars,
And pirates wearing purple pants,
And sailing ships and elephants,
And cannibals crouching ’round the pot,
Stirring away at something hot.
(It smells so good, what can it be?
Good gracious, it’s Penelope.)
The younger ones had Beatrix Potter
With Mr. Tod, the dirty rotter,
And Squirrel Nutkin, Pigling Bland,
And Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and-
Just How The Camel Got His Hump,
And How the Monkey Lost His Rump,
And Mr. Toad, and bless my soul,
There’s Mr. Rat and Mr. Mole-
Oh, books, what books they used to know,
Those children living long ago!
So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books,
Ignoring all the dirty looks,
The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,
And children hitting you with sticks-
Fear not, because we promise you
That, in about a week or two
Of having nothing else to do,
They’ll now begin to feel the need
Of having something to read.
And once they start — oh boy, oh boy!
You watch the slowly growing joy
That fills their hearts. They’ll grow so keen
They’ll wonder what they’d ever seen
In that ridiculous machine,
That nauseating, foul, unclean,
Repulsive television screen!
And later, each and every kid
Will love you more for what you did.
Check out this video for a campaign I worked on for the Georgia Aquarium. I think it’s pretty awesome, maybe you will too.
Art Director: Josh D. Weiss
Copywriters: Madison Jackson & Devin McGillivary
Have you ever dropped everything and joined the Circus? I did. BOOM! The Creative Circus in Atlanta, Ga. That’s where I’ve been since January. Happily adjusting to a new school and a whole new world of magical creativity in a sparkly, technicolor witches brew of stacked type overlaying semi out of focus environmental shots, kinetic type, puntastic copy crafting, badges and 3D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve starting over in a way, boosting confidence in my own decision making. Basically, I made the right choice, for me.
The spike in creative insanity is the reason I’ve been out of touch for so long. Bad Madison! Dear Lord Voldemort, so much has happened during my absence… The Harlem Shake (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0uKp0D4Gfo), the end of season 3 of The Walking Dead (didn’t see that one coming), and Tarder Sauce, the Grumpy Cat, has taken over the World.
The creative dust will never settle (fingers crossed, toes crossed, eyes crossed, t’s crossed) but I’m answering the call to return to my favorite time, Miss Lippy Time.
Stay tuned for an oncoming semi truck of engineered absurdity.
There’s always money in the Banana Stand.
I Love Flavor Ice,