Advice to funny tweeters: stop sucking Favstar’s dick

By | July 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm | 10 comments | Opinion | Tags: , ,

By Lisa Cohen
founder of Witstream.com

favstarI’m glad the internet has made it so easy for people to express themselves. Self-expression is, as a rule, a good thing for humanity.

Unfortunately the tantalizing power to respond immediately with a slap (or a suck up) has been handed to millions (of idiots) in the form of an unfollow, star, RT or FF. The challenge for writers is to fight the overwhelming desire to A) draw conclusions about your success/failure/self-worth, and B) adjust accordingly. It’s the “needy underbelly” of Twitter, and it’s detrimental to your creative health.

The moment you decide to calibrate your writing to affect an outcome other than your own pride in your work, you have enslaved yourself and hampered your vision. How can you possibly write what you know or what you *really* feel if you’re compulsively checking for instantaneous, quantified, and ranked feedback?

Hyperbole alert: Picasso wouldn’t have become Picasso if he were responding to anything other than his own sense of expression and innovation. American Idol has not discovered a Bruce Springsteen and Last Comic Standing has not produced a Louis C.K. Sorry folks, but crowd-sourcing art only forces creators to dumb down, smooth out, and stay safe. And the best comedy is anything but safe.

So do yourself a favor and tear your eyes away from the numbers. If you lose followers after saying something original and funny and smart and personal, then I say: good riddance! You’ll gain 10 more in a minute because you’re being honest, and honesty in comedy trumps all (even puppets and watermelons and teenage sexbots). Write for you and what turns you on.** The love will come.

**does not pertain to crotch shots

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  • http://www.facebook.com/allyallyhouston Alice Houston New

    Meh, you don’t make a very strong point, I still like favstar

  • http://www.facebook.com/allyallyhouston Alice Houston New

    Meh, you don’t make a very strong point, I still like favstar

  • http://www.facebook.com/allyallyhouston Alice Houston New

    Meh, you don’t make a very strong point, I still like favstar

  • Jimmydee3245

    Witstream is like corporate comedy in that they they know what’s good for you as far as what is funny and what isn’t. The author is a feminist Cuntface.

  • Jimmydee3245

    Witstream is like corporate comedy in that they they know what’s good for you as far as what is funny and what isn’t. The author is a feminist Cuntface.

  • Jimmydee3245

    Witstream is like corporate comedy in that they they know what’s good for you as far as what is funny and what isn’t. The author is a feminist Cuntface.

  • Mike

    Thank you!!!!!! I L O A T H E Favstar! I wish it would break off into it’s own service so I don’t have to wade through endless retweets and bear witness to assholes wrestling one another for who has the most stars.

  • Josh Homer

    Doesn’t this article hold as much weight at an article written by Coke saying how Pepsi is not good?

  • Delrose

    The author is so busy trying to be persuasive that she’s not even making sense. You don’t think that Louis C.K. adjusts his material based on audience reaction? That’s precisely how comedians develop their sets!

    The majority of twitter “favorite” stars are coming from twitter humorists. That’s way different than the comparison you make about the general public voting on last comic standing or american idol.

    All feedback has to be put in perspective. That’s the only point that needs to be made about favstar numbers, @ replies, tumblr blog posts, etc.

  • http://www.humoroutcasts.com/ kdubcomedy

    Well said, I’m in total agreement with you on this. It’s very apparent when “creativity” becomes an exercise in pandering rather than an expression of your own truth. I won’t name any names, but there are many people who are formulaic, and synthetic just to get some level of response from the crowd. Anyone who tries to express themselves with some honesty, immediately recognizes this artificiality, and feels a bit sickened by it. I’m one to ignore it, since the authors of the material, are really just fooling themselves, and won’t grow as a result.

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