Being an artist is a pretty isolating experience.
You can often go without human contact for several days - falling into the meditative and deep routine of your next work.
This is a blessing - artists need focus, clarity, they need to monitor their surroundings, be stimulated enough to work but not so much as it is distracting.
Often through technology and the internet this is broken - we an now see and do far more from our isolated islands, learn more, take in more, connect more.
The bad side of this is the distraction.
Not just in the obvious ways but in the more subtle. An idea that seemed great yesterday now pales in comparison to another's work you've just seen online.
You may pick up new more exciting ideas before seeing what you're currently on through.
Abandoning potential for opportunity.
However the good side of this is really great.
You can connect more.
You can say more.
Have a fuller conversation - and have it in a succinct way.
The artist can bypass the middleman now and interact directly with the audience and their peers - wonderful news for their growth...
Mediating between overabundance and complete isolating is key to being a 21st century artist. This age presents it's own unique and exciting opportunities, but with them, new ground that is rocky and uncertain.
Knowing how to fully harness this connectivity while mitigating the negative effects will continue to be a pressing question all creatives will need to answer in the coming years.
However by being just a little more conscious of your virtual environments, as if they were real physical ones you chose and traveled to, ones with costs associated with them - we can begin to curate and filter this, and begin to scratch the surface of fully modern living.