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FINALS ARE OVER!!!!

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 16, 2014, 3:20 PM


I AM FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This means more art!

  • Mood: Sympathy
  • Listening to: Classical Music
  • Reading: I am Malala
  • Watching: Some Documentary
  • Playing: El Shaddai
  • Eating: Something that's bad for me.
  • Drinking: Coffee

Final Paper

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 13, 2014, 6:30 PM


         DEVIANT “ART”

            There has always been an idea of a physical art community; the rules and practices that further embellish or add to what makes someone an artist. Within this art community, the artist may use paint, charcoal or stain glass as a means for self-expression. The physical art communities tend to be small and very exclusive. In order to be accepted in to the community certain skill levels must be obtained. However, the dawn of the computer age has brought about new online communities that deal with all kinds of mediums like movies, music and even art. Deviantart is one of these online art communities in which people from all walks of life can join and bask in the never ending glow of creativity. Today, anyone can simply become an artist without having to endure professional training. Yet, like everything on the internet, Deviantart has been commodified and creatively misused by all who join.

            Deviantart was founded in August 2000 and has grown into one of the largest social networking sites for artists. There are over 32 million registered members known as Deviants. Everything from painting, sculpture, digital art, films and anime has a place on Deviantart and though the site doesn’t state it there are writers and poets with in this art community as well. The site claims that artists love Deviantart because it’s an all-inclusive and supportive community. Deviantart helps artists find identity through self-expression and provides resources and tools to help aspiring artists. This online art community wishes to help and nurture their members to become better artists.

    Over the years, Deviantart continued to grow and change, following the needs of its members. Most Deviants love the changes the site has made, but there are a few who are grounded in the older design of Deviantart. In the early days, watchers, favorites and comments were earned with hard work and dedication. The site held strict rules against art theft and using images that didn’t belong to the original artist. Today, the site is more relaxed on what members post in their gallery. Watchers, favorites and comments can be bought with points. Profiles like DAhub have been set up and run by bots; if members give a certain number DA points to these profiles then the members are promised a certain number of watchers, favorites and comments in exchange. These points are not free; Deviantart charges money for points in which members can buy other kinds of merchandise from the site. In the early days of this online art community there was no such thing as a point system, premium membership or shop where members could buy prints from artists they enjoy. There are some positives as well as negatives to this level of commodification. For example, the point system offers another form of payment to members who want to buy and sell art. When enough points are collected the seller of the art can use those points to buy a premium membership. Artists can set up commission pools and earn DA points rather than actual money. Conversely, points can also be used to buy watchers and page views. On Deviantart, a member who has a lot of watchers and page views might lead people to think that he or she is popular. Being able to buy a certain level of Deviant fame causes a problem in Deviant art’s ability to crowdsource because the site cannot measure to whom that artist is trying to appeal to. Also, while premium memberships have been around for many years, Deviantart tends to use it as a weeding mechanism. Those who are not premium members are more likely to get suspended or even banned if they break any of the rules. Deviantart’s commodification is seen as damaging to the site’s reputation. Being able to buy art and support the artist is one thing, but buying art fame whether it be by points or other means raises some ethical questions.

    With the inclusion of everyone, Devianart has made it possible for people from all walks of life to become a part of an art community. Members who range from 13 years of age and older have place to post their work and express themselves on a whole new level than they would out in the real world. These deviants can create new identities that go beyond the realm of art. The power that choosing your user name is nothing new. It’s almost as if these deviants fall into their new identities and it liberates them. Through this new pen name users can mesh into the art community and be unburdened by the world around them. Yet, there is some risk with making any kind of user or deviant name. Most members of the site do not have a problem with keeping their username the same, but there are some artists who do.

    Most of the members on Deviantart have joined because they are a part of a fandom. This ranges from anime, gaming and cartoons. Deviants who are a part of a fandom tend to want to change their image if they have fallen out of the fandom. Deviants go through a rebranding process in order to move on to something better. Some artists who have grown and gained a higher level status will repackage their image in order to fit in with more popular artists and gain the respect of their idols. The idea of rebranding is in some ways is an effect of the commodification of Deviantart, but it goes deeper than that. The users of this art community are younger meaning they range from 13 to 25 and may not get the respect that they deserve in their day to day lives. Some members will try and recreate their image through Deviantart in order to gain more watchers and page views. This is what makes Deviantart so different; on most social networking site member cannot change their user name. In order to do any kind of rebranding members have to shut down their old account and make a new one. For a while Deviantart was the same, but in recent years it has added the option to allow members to change their username. This allows the artist to shed their old identity and embrace a more mature image. Sadly, this recreation of online identity can also be harmful as well. Some deviants with in the art community have soiled their image by either being a part of a taboo fandom or being labeled a troll. Getting rid of labels such as Bronyartist, Weaboo mangista and cyberbully is nearly impossible on deviantart. Labeling can follow a deviant until he or she deactivates their profile all together and leaves the site. Some users on Deviantart cannot shed their old image or identity and therefore revert back to it; in some ways this can stunt the growth of an artist.

    Deviants of the online art community are encouraged to express themselves any way they want to. With Deviantart being all inclusive this means that each of its members has as space to be creative with hardly any limitations. Most artists search for a space in which they can post their work with the freedom to grow and a part of a community of shared interests. The members have no issues with expressing the creativity inside of them, but there will always be art critics on even Deviantart. Some of these art critics are genuine and only want to pass on their knowledge to help the artist grow. These genuine art critics are being silenced as Deviantart changes. No one wants to ever hear what they did wrong in their work; they only want praise and admiration. In the early days of Deviantart commenting was something every user did as well as faveing the work. Today, many deviants are afraid to comment on a work of art for fear of offending the artist and many artists will disable comments so that their work cannot be critiqued. Some members of the site feel that artist only wish to be praised are not really artists and that the disabling of comments is like trying to silence the voice of the community. These kinds of behaviors from deviants lead to a certain level of misuse of the site.

    Deviantart is trying to keep the image of an art community, but not all who join use Deviantart as an art site. Those who are used to other social networking platforms will join this online art community as a way gaining more all-around internet fame. In some cases the non-artists members will flood the site with personal photos, selfies and status updates. Most of what is in their art gallery looks more like a Tumblr feed than an actual gallery of art. In sort a lot of what they post comes from other sources and a lot of deviant artists see this as a problem. With so many people misusing the site in this way what the general public sees isn’t an art community; it’s another Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr. Older members of Deviantart do not like the idea of people tainting the art site with their Twitter feeds or Facebook status and many have left the site because of it. If the site has no exclusions it is safe to say that misuse will happen. The other kinds of non-artist profiles that pop up on Deviantart are verified accounts. These profiles are used as a roleplaying device where other members can interact as either an original character or a popular fan based character. While Deviantart encourages interaction and communication between members, these profiles tend to last no more than a few months before the creator abandons them. The verified profiles also cause a lot of tension between the artists and others who are misusing the site. The idea of a verified profile is that if the owner is roleplaying as popular character then it must be verified by a lead role player the character is illegitimate. This leads to a lot of call out journals and ends with cyberbullying between members.

    Cyberbullying and trolling happen all over the internet and Deviantart is no exception. Some profiles are set up with the intent to troll or harass some artist who is new to the community or part of a taboo fandom. Some deviants start their profiles with the intent of sharing art and get roped into the realm of Deviant trolls. Whatever the case maybe this is the most serious misuse of the site and it seems to happen a lot. When searching through Deviantart there is no shortage of journals, comments or art that all have one theme; Deviants against cyberbullying. According to some members of Deviantart the troll problem is so severe that there are groups dedicated to stopping trolls and getting them banned. In this online art community trolling and cyberbullying go hand in hand. Many members fear that they will be the victim of trolling or cyberbullying because their friend on Deviantart either left the site or committed suicide. They write about or post a piece of art expressing their anger. Unfortunately, the outrage of these members seems to feed the Deviant trolls causing an increase in cyberbullying and harassment.

(Warning not finished!)           



  • Mood: Sympathy
  • Listening to: Classical Music
  • Reading: I am Malala
  • Watching: Some Documentary
  • Playing: El Shaddai
  • Eating: Something that's bad for me.
  • Drinking: Coffee
The time to change my name is coming. Should I change it back to SilverPalette?
52%
11 deviants said Yes
48%
10 deviants said No

FINALS ARE OVER!!!!

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 16, 2014, 3:20 PM


I AM FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This means more art!

  • Mood: Sympathy
  • Listening to: Classical Music
  • Reading: I am Malala
  • Watching: Some Documentary
  • Playing: El Shaddai
  • Eating: Something that's bad for me.
  • Drinking: Coffee

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