Brevity is Not the Enemy is a multimedia and culture criticism blog. The title is a mission statement and also informs some of the criticism. Media should spare the excess and this blog aims to do the same. However, exceptions should be allowed in both spaces.
It goes without saying that all of this is filtered through the author’s personal lens. I believe that art is ultimately subjective, meaning that you can like what you like for whatever reason, and I come from a multicultural background. What this latter point means is that how media appears in culture, impacts culture, and represents culture and race are important to me and needs to be acknowledged.
So what does the use of media and multimedia mean here? It means all forms of media as I experience them. Media is just data that I take in and experience. Each form of media must be experienced differently based on whether or not it is a film, TV series, novel, comics, anime (which is honestly both film and TV), music, video games, board games, etc., but I acknowledge them all as important ways to experience culture. What this means is that if you’re only interested in reading my thoughts on one type of media, you may either need to focus on the tags or go elsewhere if you find sifting cumbersome. Hopefully I’ll instead open your eyes to something new.
This is not necessarily a review blog. Reviews are consumer-oriented and usually utilized to figure out how best to spend money. In most mainstream situations, reviews are produced as quickly as possible to inform consumers. I see reviews more as first impressions than anything substantial. Some reviews are better than others, of course, but I think it can be difficult to really critique media, or art, without spending more time with it. So while I will absolutely write criticisms based off of my first impressions of something, but I am also willing to go back and see if there is more. I may even reconsider my first impression. I think it’s important to be willing to do that.
Taking the extra time and writing extra words does not sound like it’s in the spirit of brevity. It may not be. I just think that being concise shows true artistry and mastery. It is what our literary forefathers aimed to be. As William Faulker once said of writing, “I’m a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can’t, and then tries the short story, which is the most demanding form after poetry. And, failing at that, only then does he take up novel writing.” So it is not unlikely that I will fail in aim for brevity as the true masters of the writing craft are, technically, full of failures themselves. I can only hope that I end up failing in the right direction.