Channeling Martha Graham: Why We Need to Create with New Media

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I found this powerful quote from Martha Graham online recently.

“There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”

Experts agree that self-expression is a powerful force in shaping who we are. As someone who spends a lot of time immersed in the digital grid, I take solace in the fact that it’s a two-way street. We get to shape it, some.

It makes me wonder about the deeper purpose of new media. Is it helping us keep our inner channels open?

The reports of people abandoning Facebook accounts and blogs proves to be cyclical. Eventually, people come back. Perhaps it’s because expression, more than consumption, is what’s important to us now.

How else will we make a new world?