We’re Bound by… Ourselves

by mkleit

After cliche, innovation has been lost. Even if the achievement of novelty has been made, but we become so proud of what we’ve accomplished that we kill the victory by re-usage and over-usage, to overload the value of creation and thus it would lose its remarkableness.

One friend of mine triggered my thoughts to this notion when he asked an open question on one social networking site: “why do people always use “memories” in naming their photo albums!! i realy dont get it!”

Mainly all replies revolved around one single idea of same synonyms: nostalgia, remembering, and past.
I on the other hand tried to give another point of view, my photography albums revolve about memories, but I tried to give a different approach, as much as I tried hard, I was never able to get out of the realm of “memories and its synonyms”.

We turn and turn, it's one route, the same start and end

I replied simply by: “Because it’s catching a moment in time to keep in memory… so it’s mainly a cliche” … so mainly it IS cliches that we follow,

we try to give it a little personal touch, yet the general view stays out of innovation.

But in my, and others, defense, I believe that we have reached a moment were nothing is new, whether it’s in words, technology, photos, or anything…

A few examples on the previous statement, listen to Social Distortion’s Don’t Drag Me Down and Busted’s Dawson’s Geek [Links at the end], the intros are the same… and this following one is of personal involvement, just ask yewrself how many times have yew seen or heard the same part of a movie in three or four others, other than the whole theme of it… I’m not underestimating the professionalism of the directors, but the standardization movement is unmistakable.

More over, cliches are becoming essential in our daily lifestyle, one important type of cliches is references and researches; just take the entire text, rephrase it to suite yewr needs, and then publish it. Surely references and credit to the original author is mandatory, it’s not a duty as much as it involves ethics and respect.

As for cliches, they are preferably avoided, but in reality its far from being done. They are a simpler way to make people understand because we’re bound by our own cliches.

As for this article, I didn’t place a reference, this is a brief personal analysis of an incident that really stimulate the whole notion of cliches and innovation.

http://www.last.fm/music/Social+Distortion/_/Don%27t+Drag+Me+Down

http://www.last.fm/music/Busted/_/Dawson%27s%2520Geek?ac=Dawson%27s%20Geek

Mhamad Kleit

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