As news cycles et al get faster and faster, a discussion that is two weeks old is old news to many of us. I was thinking of this as I got some free time to write.
While I was away from the blog I wasn't lacking for things to write about, but time to write them. So, I kept a list of post ideas. I find that's a handy way to keep ideas from disappearing and re-inspire myself when I'm not sure what to write about.
But some of this, frankly, feels repetitive. "It was already talked about last week, do you really need to bring it up again?"On the other hand some discussions keep repeating, restarting, recycling for years. Do we just not solve some of the problems because we don't have solutions? Or do the conversations never continue long enough to commit to solutions?
I know I'm working with huge non-specific brush strokes here. But you could insert almost any issue facing artists and organizations from twenty years ago into a blog post today and have it still be relevant.
If we see a problem before us, how do we reconcile being sick of talking about a problem and the problem not going away (which means more talking about it)? How much do we need to keep talking and how much do we need to stop talking and roll up our sleeves and get to solving it?