Producer or consumer?

I spent most of the last couple of days binge watching two TV series ( Altered Carbon and Black Mirror). In order to drown out the guilt, I told myself, over and over again, that I’d review the series, and that would make it worth spending so much time in front of a screen without producing anything.

But it also got me wondering, and maybe this is just an after-mark of Black Mirror, but the thing is that we fall into two different categories: consumers and producers.

I believe that in order to produce, one must first consume.

But how much?

And what is the ratio? 50-50? 30-70?

How much art do you have to consume in order to produce something of your own?

How much time do you have to spend reading, binge watching movies and TV shows, and going through tons of paintings and drawings on social media? Or walking through museums, if you’re still into doing things in the real world.

Yes, it’s quite the dilemma. One that I am not sure how to answer, and I don’t know if anyone can answer it.

How much time do we spend accumulating information in order to give it new meanings and call it our own?


3 thoughts on “Producer or consumer?

  1. This is a very interesting question:
    “How much time do we spend accumulating information in order to give it new meanings and call it our own?”
    I’m going to think about this one a while…I spend a lot more time consuming information than producing it. Sometimes spending time consuming information is a way to procrastinate producing something. I know I spent years consuming information about blogging before I ever started writing…

  2. As someone that has only recently started blogging, I have consumed a lot, screen time for me is, Pinterest, Netflix, Instagram, YouTube and blog sites! I know the biggest reason I have only just started to blog was because I was too afraid before. It’s a horrible thing to admit, but I had to watch some of my favourite youtubers admit defeat and get back up again and say NO this is my outlet/job/creative input to this world to gain any confidence to do it myself. Now if I fail and my blog doesn’t make it the year at least I can say I tried. 🙂 Love the thought provoking post 🙂

  3. Yes a very thought provoking piece. I’m of a mind that it is better to produce than consume. I think many of the ills of the current American society are do to the fact that it is a Consumer Society. That being said all Producers NEED Consumers, wether the are writers, painters, or manufuerers.

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