Well, tonight’s experience gave me a bit of a come-up-ance.
I had gotten to work and immediately set about finishing up the piece above which had been giving me trouble. It’s been a while since i’ve done them and this isn’t my best work but i’ll get there with a few more practice pieces. It’s like riding a bike.Most people, though, don’t realize just how long one of my wolf/wolves pieces takes. There are layers upon layers, micro crosshatching over top of water color, and white gel pen , then more layers and so on( i wont bore you)…And to make matters worse , when you post them completed online coming from a cell phone pic, you can’t even see those little details because, well..pixilation transfer. But, alas, i am no photographer and will never invest in a good camera so , it is what it is. But i digress.
After a few hours i was , as usual, really sore from being hunched over so i took a break a started reading blog posts. Now, i am a big time wolf person. I love all things wolf and pretty much consider myself a lost part of the pack, reincarnated as a human.
So, when i saw another blogger post a wolf thing, of course i had to look.
As it turns out one of the images shared was a wonderful meme of a wolf pack photograph and a very wonderful ideology that i had heard once before and had forgotten. I loved it and went to share it on Facebook. It was IMMEDIATELY covered with a “false information screen” . I was peeved. So, i checked the ‘why’s’ and it told me nothing.. i tried posting again, same thing happened.My Bf even tried posting it and same thing.
So decided i must find out the truth. I did a search and found out that, indeed, it was false. The process of researching this took time. I didn’t want to believe it. But, after several descending links , the real deal was undeniable. One link even explained how the ideology and the photo came to be connected- as a structured design of a well functioning business model. Interesting. I still like the idea, but a lesson was (re) learned tonight.
The photograph was originally taken by Chadden Hunter, who had posted some time ago on Twitter that the image had been misused for years . I checked into this “Chadden” person…( still skeptical)….and he is a legitimate and well known producer/director of nature documentaries , a wildlife biologist and filmmaker who has “traveled the world” filming exotic animals all his life. Well, i was humbled and also grateful. I LOVE nature documentaries. And, in fact, i had seen a few of his. Awesome stuff.
So, what’s my point? It’s two-fold.
First, we live in an age of digital manipulation and increased false information. Many times i have fact checked a “meme” myself and been validated that i was right- it was pure bunk. This time, i was so convinced the idea was real and because i agreed with it, i almost stubbornly refused to believe other wise. Man– how many times have i seen this happen online i just can’t tell you. I have called out ( usually only to myself) so many people trying to pass off false info via this route, i thought i was immune. We have all seen this ,of course ,with political propaganda. But it happens all the time, in many ways, and we are all vulnerable to feeding into it. “Quotes” are another good example of this. Beware, beware, beware.
Second, it takes time and energy to research something with an unbiased view. The internet will lead you to wherever you want to go if you let it. Wanna believe that baby monkeys start out as bananas? It can take you there, and you will feel validated, assured that YOU were right all along. Beware, beware beware. The world online isn’t your friend or your mom. It’s trying to sell you something, no matter how subtle, and it will take any tact it needs to to that end. Artificial intelligence has already far surpassed our human minds and thats scary as sh*t.
Anyway, thanks for reading my rambling story..it was written hastily but for a good cause. I hope someday to live in a better world( on earth or elsewhere) but until then….
Beware = Be Aware.