I’ve always shielded myself by saying, “I have no idea what I’m doing.” It makes for a funny meme, but you know what? I’ve tried this for years and it only trips me up and makes me feel worse. Fuck it. […] Revolutionary, disruptive, magical, wizards, and on and on—contemporary digital culture has co-opted the language of revolution and magic without the muscle, ethics, conviction, or imagination of either. […] Can you take a real revolution seriously if you are bombarded with messaging that says your phone is revolutionary?
Of the many good things that have resulted from XOXO, this essay is certainly one of the best. It’s about internet culture, language, artists and living, and it’s heart-felt, direct and beautiful. Do yourself a favour and read it.
And I like you. I want you here, making your things. But if I had to choose, I would choose you over your work. Jane Doe the Person is more important than Jane Doe’s Work.