It has been said that all written communication is an argument, meaning whatever we write is intended to convince or convict those who read it. This could apply to all communication, everything created to present an artist’s vision.
In my view, those who submit their ideas through words are artists just as are those who use diverse media. All are creating, bringing something unique to the world out of the well of themselves.
If we are to argue, it is my opinion that we should do it through our own creation and not take someone else’s work to make our stand. This is not to say we should not own items created by others that we enjoy, but that when we want to engage in presentation and conversation that holds our opinions and beliefs, we should state them with originality. Granted one may study a subject and become well educated about an issue that their perspective is more enlightened and engaging, but the work is far more persuasive when stated by the individual owning the creation.
Conversation among people becomes less appealing if one is always looking to Google on their phone for the basis of their talk. The same is true when discussing an issue in writing or artistic expression. We are the sum total of our lives and the lives of those who have influenced us. Our thoughts, feelings, opinions, ideas, creations, are worthy of presentation in the world. We should stand for ourselves. I am not discounting research, nor collaborating opinion, but when we present reasoning or refute a viewpoint, our thoughts and ideas should be the basis of our argument.
What do you think? Are you more willing to engage with someone who speaks for themselves rather than using material gathered from wherever on the internet? I would love to know your insights on the issue.
As a prompt, pick an issue you feel invested in and create a work arguing your side of the story.
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