Yesterday there was a nice little thing going on about theater and value and what not. Will the energy of yesterday turn into anything other than self satisfied meowing when we occasionally go to look back at our own archives?
Something that came up more than once yesterday, and I found on two different blogs today...This notion that it isn't nice or constructive even to frame negative comments about things you read on the blogs, to call BS when you smell BS...
And to this I call...wait for it...BS. Not a very popular position to take I guess.
Where as I agree that talking things out is important, It is equally important that we have the courage to direct and honest with each other as well. Pleasantries in the face of ideas that we feel strongly don't work, that too does not further the equation.
We here in the theatrical blogsphere need tougher skins. Especially if we are going to forward the conversation. Where the fuck is our sense of humor especially about ourselves.
Yesterday, I heard a few interesting things. I also heard an echo and echo and echo of tired things I've heard before. When I call bullshit, it isn;t for the vicious thrill of shooting someone down...it is because if the goal is better future for theater...holding our pinkies out politely ain't adding anything to end result either.
Why is it every time someone attempts to debate an idea, someone posts something about their feelings getting hurt.
Toughen up Nancy. Have the courage to not only speak digitally but to listen, and when someone says something like "That has been tried"... either ask for more detail, figure out a new angle, defend your thought vigorously...anything other than the equivalent of "yeah, but not by me..." or "Don't be mean" or "Don't call BS"
Debate your thought. Shake it up. Fucking Act. Action!!!!Action!!!More Verbs please!
Let's assume we are all friends here and that none of us are going to hook a book deal from the conversation, and get down to business of debating rather than reciting. Anything less is a waste of our strength.
Sometimes voices are raised in anger. Sometimes polite discourse leads to nothing except more tea please. I'm not advocating insulting each other... if you don't get that then your skin is too thin.
Please someone give me an amen?