this weeks lecture-
while I missed the tute for the week, I actually attended the lecture… despite expecting it to be a drawn out autobiographical epic about the lecturer’s teaching philosophy and a foolproof explanation of the course-guide. surprisingly, I actually got something out of it, which is rare for a week 1 lecture anyway. I took away a couple of things, actually. firstly, the point about maintaining your ‘online reputation’. while I have had, for many years, a pseudonym I do most of my creative work under – ie. articles I’ve written, photography, musical ventures, and soon my burlesque identity – I still am careful not to do anything online which might compromise my future… particularly as somebody who aspires to have a career in the creative industry, and perhaps be well known. for a while, I was considering contributing to a site called feck.com (long story short and without having to explain in depth and justify why I essentially wanted to contribute nude photos of myself onto a site – I believe ethical, female-driven erotica liberates women). however, while I have a lengthy and logical justification for doing so, somebody who stumbles across these photographs out of context might view this negatively… and yeah you can say ‘any press is good press darrrrling’ but I doubt I’d be saying that when my future employer receives a manilla folder filled with images of my rack and decides to go with the other girl who didn’t decide to ‘express herself’ in her 20’s…. or when my dad (who has recently figured out how to use internet explorer) finally learns how to use google. so what I am taking away from this is, yeah, express yourself and all that jazz… but if you wouldn’t want your dad seeing it, and you wouldn’t want your future employer seeing it, then maybe keep it in your pants and off the internet (metaphorically speaking).
another thing I took away from this lecture was the whole ‘self-motivated’ ‘self-driven’ work thing. which is why I’ve started doing this blog virtually straight away. my past self would leave all of the blog entries to a couple weeks down the track and then have to sit there for hours, working backwards and challenging my already significantly challenged memory on a saturday night when I’d really, honestly rather be at revolver…
there goes my online reputation.