I was once told that an argument can hold its water only if it looks at all the relevant factors in one go, analyzing them to equal measure at once to present a fair picture of what’s going on.
Then I started dabbling in fiction, realizing that people don’t care so much about facts as they do about stories.
Keeping one’s stories rooted in facts, or at least in reasonable arguments, makes for better insight, though not necessarily for a better story. There’s a reason legends drive our entire history. We like to make up things, to exaggerate and distort events.
But stories rooted in some kind of truth are preferable to outright fabrications, juicy as those fabrications may be, because the truth always comes in handy later. Information that holds its own is invaluable. At least you’ve learned something.
And in no way can a manuscript, especially a short one i.e. the kind on which our social media thrive these days, cover all the angles, at least not consistently. Sometimes our pieces run out of time and space, unable to be spherical and all-rounded. They lend themselves to partial presentations and interpretations. One has to trust the author’s overall intention — that what he or she says is not the comprehensive truth, and that he or she knows that.
In a similar fashion, the author has to trust the reader’s ability to read without expecting the world in one serving. Sometimes the author needs to focus on just one angle, two, tops, saving the omitted points of view for later writings, trusting the reader’s capcity to piece the information together gradually, in instalments.
The same applies to the audiovisual arts.
This video, for example. A great piece of art! Peculiar, artistic, evocative. Controversial perhaps, in a subtle way — perhaps even sexist, misogynistic (look at the violence associated with women’s beauty products), all so violent in a smart, glossed-over manner. Probably disturbing to all those suffering from OCD-related issues (don’t crush the smooth lipstick bar!), and yet most satisfying for the very same reasons (look at the way the chunks peel off, forming new clusters! Bliss!).
‘Tag a girl to ruin her day,’ adds Charlie Sheen in the captions, sharing this video on his FB timeline.
And the setup is complete. The context armed, the content ready for perusal.
Part 2 to follow
For the video, see below
Tag a girl to ruin her day! By: ProvidrVia: DADA Beauty – 다다 뷰티 / https://goo.gl/usWORl
Geplaatst door Charlie Sheen op woensdag 31 mei 2017