Ever wonder why we read the comments when we know we should never, ever read the damn comments? BrainCraft has a bit of troll psychology to share with you, about why we have to look, why anonymity breeds horrible behavior, and what negative effects abusive comments may have on the content they exist beneath (like, I dunno, educational YouTube videos?)
But more than all that, this video is about specific abuse that Vanessa and other female creators receive on a daily basis. Sure, we all get trolls of some kind, but the worst comment I see on an OKTBS video isn’t even close to what female creators have to deal with.
Not only do abusive comments make YouTube a dangerous place for creators like Vanessa (or Emily, who made a similar video last year), it makes it a dangerous place for people who are there to learn. We can not and should not allow this to happen.
Positive environments are something that we must just demand and *POOF* the internet will become a safe place full of rainbows and unicorns and intellectually stimulating discourse. We must actively work to create positive environments wherever we go on the web. So if you see something, say something, and make sure that trollish behavior and hate speech are not welcome anywhere where you are online, especially places where we’re trying to educate, inspire, and learn.
Also, white bears.
Today we’re delighted to bring you a selection of beautiful street art creations by American artist Joe Lurato, based in New Jersey, who populates the city with small wooden characters, thus creating some great illusions and trompes l’oeil!
The “What I Be” project is all about honesty. In today’s society, we are told to look or act a certain way. If we differ from these “standards,” we are often judged, ridiculed, and sometimes even killed over them. More after the jump:
Bet you haven’t seen anything like this gallery from Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho! She ingeniously creates deceivingly realistic artworks on human skin instead of canvas that will certainly make you stop for a second look. More after the jump:
Telling (Nature’s) Stories Through Fabric
The works by textile artist Mister Finch resemble classical illustrations of flora and fauna come to life. There is also an element of fantasy; fabric spiders having a tea party, bees the size of a human head, or over-sized fungi. The artist takes images from nature, and in the cases of some of his moths and fungi, categorizes the pieces as if they were specimens found in the wild.
Mister Finch’s inspiration mainly comes from British folklore and the natural world around him. What makes this artist unique, other than the work itself, is that the majority of the materials used are found or recycled. To the artist, it is a way of sewing in the story of the reinvented material with the final story of the finished pieces.
Storytelling, fabric arts and nature come together to create works that bring to life fantasy worlds one would only find in storybooks. Anatomically correct flora and fauna, and woodland creatures similar to the ones found in storybook illustrations are consistent in his work, truly bringing the fantasy world to life in a tangible form. The appeal of his work is nostalgic; not only does the artist use found materials with their own stories, but builds with these materials onto existing stories that can be paired with those from our childhoods, while also bringing to life scientific illustrations of particular species of moths and plants.