Austin Kleon

The Facebook Narcissist

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I think it was one of my friends who once told me that they no longer used Facebook because it was for narcissists, and I think sometimes I definitely agree with this mentality.

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Austin Kleon says that "They don't want to listen to your ideas; they want to tell you theirs...At some point, they didn't get the memo that the world owes none of us anything" (124). I think what Kleon means by this is that technology, especially social media in particular, is sometimes overused.

Show Your Work Even Though Haters Gonna Hate

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Austin Kleon pretty much starts out his book with the concept by Honore de Balzac: "For artists, the great problem to solve is how to get oneself noticed" and I feel like this really applies to me and cheesily ties into Kleon's title Show Your Work. Just SHOW YOUR WORK. This is something that a lot of people have a hard time doing. I know for me specifically, I was always that person in the back of every creative writing class I've ever taken finding excuses like "It's not finished," "It's too short," "It's too long," or my personal favorite--"I don't think I did the assignment right."

Hearing Our Own Voices

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Austin Kleon has got a lot to say about finding one's voice, and just by looking at the success he's attained from books such as 2014's Show Your Work!, its pretty easy to see why we should listen to him about it. KleonIn an age where one's voice is echoed the world over through modern mediums, our author depicts a great disadvantage in not expressing oneself through channels such as, quite broadly, the internet. Later, Kleon speaks of the importance of "be[ing] your own documentarian," and taking careful note of the progress you make as both a thinker and a craftsman of ideas.