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Yesterday, two things happened to me about an hour apart that had a very intriguing connection. I finished Matthew Modine’s Full Metal Jacket Diary, a new APP created from Matthew’s original diary written while starring in Stanley Kubrick’s classic war movie. I will discuss this further at length when Matthew’s episode debuts.
Immediately upon finishing it I headed out to an event at YouTube’s new studio in Los Angeles, called YouTube Space LA. The event was an introduction to this amazing facility and to find out what the mission of this space was and its connection to YouTube.
On the thirty minute drive to the studio I could not get a quote out of my mind that was at the end of Matthew’s Full Metal Jacket Diary. Matthew did not say who the quote was by, but since it appeared in the journal, first written in 1985, it is often attributed to Stanley Kubrick, but upon checking further it is most likely a mash up of a quote or two from different sources. In any case, the quote has a powerful message when it comes to the creation of art.
Don’t give them what they want. Give them what they don’t know they want yet.
The juxtaposition of this quote in my head, while entering YouTube Space LA, played out in a number of ways. When you first enter the studio there is a humongous screen in the entry with probably close to a hundred smaller screens within in it. Each screen has images from YouTube that changes every few seconds. The images are not those that are just posted on YouTube, but rather those created by YouTube channel producers/directors. In fact, YouTube Space LA is specifically designed to help these producer/directors hone their skills and give them the equipment and education to improve their craft.
As I stared at these images the above quote kept running through my mind. Are these images what people want or are they images that they don’t know they want yet? Or are they none or all of the above?
We are literally bombarded with images from so many sources. Are they what we want, are they what we don’t yet know we want, or are they even anything we need?
The answer may lie in the words from two other artists, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones who wrote:
You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, well you might find, you get what you need.
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