|Written by Staff|
|Monday, 26 October 2009 19:33|
Why are some places appropriate and others not?
When it comes to glowsticking in public places, why are some places appropriate and others not?
Parks are fine places to glowstick. However, glowsticking in a park in the middle of a crowded sidewalk, forcing people to have to step off the sidewalk to go around you is not. The grass in front of a mall after it closes is fine. Glowsticking in front of a department store at a mall while people are going in and out of it isn't. If you wanted to set up a booth at a craft fair and spread the art that way, that's fine, people have the option to walk up to your booth and watch or learn if they're interested. But if you're in a random crowded public place you're practically forcing people to watch you even if they're not interested. Can you see the difference? It's not that we're against glowsticking in public, it's that we're against being a nuisance, show-off, or otherwise doing it in an inappropriate place.
Whether your intentions are to show off or not, what you have to take into account is what the people who see you doing it are thinking.
"So if I were to glowstick in a very crowded area and people see me, why does glowsticking.com care what those people think of me? I know that I'm not doing it to show off and that I'm not on drugs!"
You've got to think about the thoughts of the people that see you, their thoughts about the art and culture of glowsticking as a whole. It's not about what people think of you yourself, it's about what opinion they take away on the art and culture as a whole from what you're doing. What if they share negative opinions with their friends?
"So are you saying that everyone that glowsticks in a open public place is a sell out?"
Absolutely not. Again, it comes down to the choice of places in which you glowstick. If you're blatantly doing it in a place that will attract a lot of attention, especially if it could attract media attention, such as Time Square in New York, then you could be harming the culture. Spreading the culture is something we definitely want to do. However, spreading it through the media in places such as MTV is completely against what we want. If glowsticking were to get mass media attention through places like MTV it would become diluted and culturally wiped out in the fad that would follow. People who have no idea what the culture is about would start glowsticking just because it looks cool and they feel like they can gain attention and popularity through it. As time goes by a large majority of glowstickers would not even know why they were glowsticking or where it came from. It would become an art that was diluted with pop culture and it would lose its value as something that people who truly enjoy it for its beauty and culture do. Would you really want the culture to become diluted and meaningless in this way? Break-dancing has been through this in the past, and over a decade later it is still suffering because of it.
When you glowstick, not only do you represent yourself, you also represent the entire culture of glowsticking.
|Last Updated on Monday, 16 May 2011 10:49|