Call me old fashioned, but I have this rule where I don’t comment on art I’ve not seen, read or heard. Sure, sometimes there’s the odd thing here or there that slips through, but generally I try to keep away from leaping on whatever bandwagon is crashing down the Twitter tracks.
There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is a sense of camaraderie with fellow creatives. How unfair is it to those who suffer backlashes from those who’ve not consumed the thing they attack?
The second, and perhaps more common reason, is I simply don’t have the energy. There’s enough going on in my world not to burden myself with yet more shouting, ranting and arguing about something I really don’t have an opinion on. And yes, there are often times when I don’t have an opinion. I don’t have enough information, my view isn’t yet fully formed or – quite simply – I cannot be bothered to get involved.
This willingness to be unwilling is, I think, a part of why I don’t find online life particularly stressful at the moment. I have plenty of problems to contend with – from cancer to work to kids – and these take up more than enough of my energy. There is no more energy for me to give, so I won’t stress myself out giving it.
Of course there are some “big issues” in society I am concerned with and about. I do engage with those and I do get pissed off about them. I show my support for them in my own way, while preserving my hard won calm.
If that isn’t good enough for you then I’m sorry, but you’ll need to find someone else to try and get a rise out of.