The ‘dark side’ shines light on cre­ativ­ity

Central Otago Mirror - - OPINION -

Its of­fi­cial . . . I have gone over to the dark side! For years I’ve spouted that Face­book is a waste of my time and I’ve got plenty of bet­ter things to do with my life than stalk old friends or nar­rate my mun­dane ac­tiv­i­ties to ev­ery­one out in the ether.

Ad­mit­tedly, I have an ac­count – but it’s sel­dom fre­quented and I’m for­ever com­plain­ing about ran­dom emails up­dat­ing me on the go­ings on of people I haven’t spo­ken to in years.

Do I re­ally want to know that my cousin feels like an ice cream? Or that my sis­ter-in-law in Aus­tralia is hav­ing a crav­ing?

I’ve just changed my sheets; do you want to know about it?

I just don’t un­der­stand peo­ples need to run a so­cial com­men­tary on their lives.

But, when I men­tioned to the teenager that I have a cou­ple of paint­ings to sell, she said ‘‘put them on Face­book’’.

I have dis­missed this idea be­fore, but I had to con­sider the no­tion.

My teenager’s grow­ing lev­els of self-in­volve­ment baf­fle me daily, but this is where it comes in handy.

The Face­book savvy star had a page ded­i­cated to my art in less than an hour (Art by Suze), and I al­ready have more than fifty ‘‘likes’’.

The flip side of this coin of course, is the flack I’m now re­ceiv­ing from her as she keeps catch­ing me tak­ing a sneaky look at my page. I’m not ad­dicted . . . I just find it fas­ci­nat­ing.

Tak­ing into ac­count the ‘‘friend of a friend’’, six-de­grees-of-sep­a­ra­tion thing, I could soon be sell­ing art to Brad Pitt! ◗ Suzie Sykes: Mother of 3, emerg­ing artist and Face­book user.

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