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Striving for Greatness

This is a cool little video that shows just how hard one has to work to achieve greatness, and can be a great little motivational tool for aspiring young people

Regardless of the profession, art, or sport one is striving for, there is one thing for certain:

To achieve true greatness, the only thing that can surpass your level of hard work are your aspirations to be great.

So there's my word for today. Go out and be great.

By Blake Smith

Exit Through the Gift Shop: were we Banksied by Banksy?

"In my admittedly naïve opinion, street art is one of the most significant art movement of the 21st century." - James Gill - http://bit.ly/GGaHOQ

I tend to agree with the Mr. Gills analysis. Street art is becoming a culturally defining movement. Growing up in the city of Sydney, Australia, many an artist in my neighborhood would turn any and every blank wall into a colorful mosaic of tags, characters, and politically empowered messages. Regardless of your attitude towards graffiti, street art, or if you prefer, public vandalism, Exit Through the Gift Shop is a documentary we can all appreciate and enjoy. I highly recommend it!



Synopsis:
"This is the inside story of Street Art - a brutal and revealing account of what happens when fame, money and vandalism collide. Exit Through the Gift Shop follows an eccentric shop-keeper turned amateur film-maker as he attempts to capture many of the world's most infamous vandals on camera, only to have a British stencil artist named …

Kony 2012 = Astroturfing?

I am sure most of all of you have seen the Invisible Children, and Kony 2012 campaign. For those who have not check out the video on the left.



So the question is, does Kony 2012 = Astroturfing?
For those who don't know what Astoturf advocacy is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astroturfing

Are we being coerced by something or someone with their own agenda? I am by no means a conspiracy theorist, and I do not suggest that this campaign is, but viral videos that provoke such strong political messages will always receive scrutiny.

I would love to hear your thoughts!

By Blake Smith