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Death Of Creativity: Pluto in Aquarius
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Monday, June 15, 2020 - 8:59 am
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This video is three years old. I’ve just come across it and it’s so interesting.

I have been writing about the shadow side of Aquarius / technology for awhile. Posts about art being machined… borg entertainment, death of the individual, etc.

See tag – Pluto in Aquarius

But this guy breaks it down…

Jeez, no wonder we’re all so bored… and becoming boring, frankly.

What do you think?

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Monday, June 15, 2020 - 9:49 pm
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I disagree that music peaked in at the end of the 60s. The 70s had a great amount of diversity in sound and lyrics . The beatles early sound was quite simplistic. “I love you ya ya ya”.. “I want to hold your hand”..I was not a fan . Not even close to to songs Like “Roundabout” by YES. A true masterpiece.

  If compared to the early beatles ,Justin Beiber not much different.

 Saying that , yes not much creativity these days. Today is like a remake, of a remake ,of a remake.

  

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I don’t think creativity lives in big institutions anymore. They’re slow and clunky and risk-averse. 

While social media has its fair share of homogeneity, I still see some hope. I’ll go on a platform like TikTok and see everyday people sharing lo-fi, hilarious, and original videos for no other reason than spontaneous self-expression. This is what humanity is about. We create for the sake of it, and I think that will always happen. It’s just a question of how much social/institutional support there is. 

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 11:27 am
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Not sure if anyone watched the video. It’s actually interesting, tracking the evolution of music. It doesn’t have to do with musical tastes.
It’s about the impact of technology on… everything.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 6:48 pm
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I did watch the Video..

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I enjoyed the video.

Nowadays, if you want to find good music you actually have to look for it. You can’t rely on the radio due to the reasons outlined here, but many people aren’t willing to go to the trouble to look for quality, so some great artists don’t get huge commercial success. I don’t think streaming services are helpful either. So many friends have been into them, and I’ve tried but they’ve never “hooked” me. It just feels like the algorithm is in control and doesn’t know what it’s doing. I’m kinda stuck in the iPod era mentally and have a big digital collection that I’ve put in a lot of work to curate.

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Technology is great but it also ruins everything.

The stuff they’re doing in the video is like putting the corporate stamp on everything. They found a formula and tweaked it. The millennial whoop made me laugh because I did recognize it.

One day we may look up and realize there’s no one there. Not in front of us, and not even in our own brains. At least that’s my greatest fear at this point – we’re all absorbed into the borg. It’s all so predictable, aka boring.

There is still good music out there but it won’t come knocking. We only see what they want us to see for the most part. I hope humanity can recover from this type of thing; I find it scary.

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Interesting topic. I just think of JJ Cale, never heard of the guy ever anywhere till last 6 mths. I ran into some of his music.  I guess I must have been under a rock. Eric Clapton sung some of his songs. This guy had talent!

American Bandstand wanted him to appear back when? and he refused, would have had to “lip sync” the songs. And, he said something like “Hell no, I’m not doing that.” Maybe that’s why I never heard of him, he didn’t seem to sell out and did things his own way.

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I was thinking about this again yesterday. Does anyone feel like our culture is just gone? People used to make more than music – there were a lot of kinds of art, but also food, sports, all of it. It’s all been changed to the point that if someone from say 1930 were to time travel to today, they wouldn’t recognize half of what we eat, listen to, look at…

For example, food. Our grandparents went to a butcher and got some meat and cooked it according to how they were taught by their parents. Now, the working mom throws some hot pockets into the microwave and it’s not considered any big deal. It’s a big deal to me, but fast food drive throughs exist for a reason. (I was once praised for shredding cheese rather than buying it pre-shredded.)

Music is the same. Why create any when it’s mass produced and successful due to a formula working well? Do kids learn musical instruments that often? I never did. Too expensive. Do kids learn to cook? Why bother? They can go to Whole Foods and fill up a container of food. Do we teach our children to build? As in beautiful buildings, like the original Penn Station in NYC? Or are strip malls all we really need? How about homes? Or should we just throw them up and it’s okay if they all look alike? How about learning to sew, learning to preserve food that was grown in the summer? It’s ALL GONE unless you choose to do it, if you even know about it. I didn’t know about canning until a few years ago. I never learned what foods were in season when until my 30s!!

Think about that! And that’s honestly only the tip of the iceberg.

What is our heritage? Where is the human spirit? What are we choosing to pass down? This is my realm with all my Cancer planets, I think about this stuff a lot. In our history (USA) there was an emphasis on posterity. We were to create and build and give to the future. Children are a blessing. Live free or die. The people are the most important resource, etc.

I realize this may seem off topic, but I think it applies – we’ve given over almost everything that we made and that made us human, gave us a culture, to robots and boardrooms. Music is just one of the things.

What is the point of us if we don’t create? Why don’t we have a cohesive culture anymore? What is breaking us apart? I think it must go deeper than just machines. People run the machines. Can we come back from this?

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I had some weird thoughts while reading this. Follow me for a minute, lol.

Modern society has become accustomed to convenience, we know this. I think this is partly to blame for the cookie-cutter culture we now exist. It’s CONVENIENT. 

However, I think we have this illusion that convenience and cookie cutter everything is cheaper. Even my mom, who has canned plenty of food before, didn’t see the point in teaching me how to can anything! She didn’t see it as cost-effective compared to going to the grocery store. Costs are now spiking up at the grocery store. Is it still cheaper to buy it than to make it yourself? 

Maybe one of the true reasons people can’t afford things anymore, and need two jobs just to survive, is BECAUSE we’ve lost the skills previous generations had. We’ve become used to just tossing something the minute it breaks or whatever. Being able to get ANY item we need at the store, last minute. Do people still know how to plan ahead? I barely do myself!

Sorry, I told you these thoughts were weird!

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100%! Those thoughts aren’t weird to me – convenience is a huge reason why things are the way they are. And I can’t even fault previous generations for some of it. It’s just that we ended up trading in one type of work for another, and having the home work done outside of the home. Costs are definitely a huge part of it too.

I’ll add: convenience made us lazy and boring, imho.

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Right, it seems a “formula” is the way of everything–music, TV, movies, books, etc. A formula that works to mass produce something to make money mostly. A lot of really creative people prob. don’t make a cent, but have immense satisfaction & rich life in other ways.

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I think there’s also generational biases involved. 

In the early 1900s when Pluto was in Gemini, the same was probably said about motor vehicles killing tradition and culture, as cars replaced horse and carriages. Or when jazz music came on the scene rendering classical music antiquated.

As humans have evolved so has creativity; technological advancements is a form of creativity.

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I can see Pluto in Aquarius in algorithms and their effect on Youtube cooking videos. There are a lot of channels that recycle content, plagiarize content, and post plain fake stuff in order to crank out as many of those videos as possible. And then it’s hard to find other more creative cooking videos because creativity takes time and effort.

I think as technology evolves soon there will be more tools that allow some users to drown out other content with sheer volume.

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I ran across a remark, not astrologically related. But the person stated that making good film / entertainment, was not the goal.  For all these years, I, and many others have complained about the lack of originality, the incessant remakes and movies, II and III, etc.  It’s LEO creativity overtaken… a shadow slowly covering the light.

Considering that remark, it begins to make sense.  If the goal was to have interesting, entertaining, inspiring creative product, we’d have it.

I take this from the situation – if you have Leo in your chart or consider yourself a creative person, take great care to be sure this transit empowers you , as opposed to putting you six feet under!

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