There has been a sharp decline in the amount of theatre talk lately. This is something I perceive to be all over the blogs I frequent. There are some well viewed blogs that I tend to visit highly infrequently (why bother naming them since it will at best produce a pissing war)... But, I'm not so concerned with the places I don't go. I am concerned with the sites I know and habituate as a reader/commenter on a daily/weekly basis.
This week there has been some grumbling from Scott Walters about the tone and content as of late. I agree that there is something missing lately, I'm not sure I agree at all with his manner in which to address it. Whether you call it vitriol, invective, or passion... the tone got to a place where people took it personal... and I don't know what to do other than to throw my hands up.
We all have agendas here. These agendas are multifaceted and leveled. Sometimes our various pet causes and issues run parallel and sometimes they don't. But each and every one us while we are committed to our ideas must also realize that some days, when it comes to the things that we decided to take on, we have to carry our own water. Well can passionately cry out or shout out for someone to speak to us on that which we care about, but we must also be wary of biting at those with whom we wish to commune.
I have been scolded in the past often for my 'glass is half empty' take on the assumptions/perceptions/ and to my mind misuses of the word community. But, if the theatrosphere is to become and remain a community, we have to find ways to challenge and cajole each other that show some sort of appreciation for that end. If the tone of our debates, etc reaches a pitch where it seems like we are rather exiling certain folks from the community of the theatrosphere because of a distaste or impatience with their approach or their path... well then what to we get? A bunch of angry individuals instead of a system of support or community.
I am not saying we must play nice. Hell, anyone who looks through my talks with Don Hall or Scott Walters will know, I aint interested in tea time talk. But, at the same time, let us encourage more than we scold. Let us not lose our sense of humor, and let us aim more often toward fraternity rather than condemnation.
We must always strive to be supportive as often as possible. And where we disagree we have a duty to expound on it, without attempting to digitally exorcise that which we find distasteful at the expense of our community.
The direction of inquiry this week I fear leads to a place where people share less, skulk and bray self admiration at the expense of others more, and we all lose.
Perhaps a page has turned in the system of blogs I think of as our theatrosphere. I hope not. It was a source of great joy, provocation, and community for me.
Hey, you know, if I'm using that ....gulp word... something must be changing.
lets make a push to talk to each other more often. Let us share more!!! Share more people!!!
Ask for more if you want more!!