Hi, my name's Suzyfrak745632
My latest paradigm shift: The online fractal "art" world is primarily a social network where one's "art" is used to gain admission to, and build a network of friends. My impression is that something like 90% of all the fractal "art" activity online is little more than an attempt to participate in a social scene and not a serious interest in fractal art as one would suppose it to be.
If you want to join a motorcycle club, you've got to have a motorcycle. If you want to join a fractal "club", you've got to have some fractals. It's Facebook with fractals.
This is not a criticism of the fractal art world exclusively. I suspect that this sort of "social-hobby" mingling goes on in many places on the internet and has in fact gone on in the past for centuries in the form of cultural clubs formed around various ideological, literary or artistic themes. The internet however, has enabled it to take a quantum leap creating communities where art (or whatever the original theme was) takes on a token role, conveniently disguising groups that engage in idle chit chat and gossip as "art" communities.
What lead me to such a conclusion was a perennial question that for years kept puzzling me: "Why is art on the internet so boring?". And this one: "How can there be so many people displaying art online and yet there be less creative output than one of my high school art classes?".
I think this aspect of the online fractal art world has been misunderstood and its inclusion under the label of fractal art has diluted and devalued the whole genre -- in the eyes of those who don't see it for what it really is. Once the Fractalbook crowd is factored out, I think the remaining handful of artists, styles and opinions is much more easily understood and will take on a greater and more progressive influence.
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