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I turned on the radio on my way home, and the first thing I heard was a caller complaining about how violated he felt because his potential employer asked to log into his Facebook account.  "They are disrupting the privacy of me and my friends," he said sadly, "I couldn't believe they were doing this."  No sh*t.  Apparently companies are doing this and people actually complied... not without complaints, but they forked over their personal information and private life because they needed the job.

My first reaction is to feel incredulous that in a country of freedom, some people have so little of it.  I knew I would never put up that crap, and I felt sorry for people who have to.  Then I began to understand the answer to a question I've been asking myself for a long time now: what's my biggest motivation?

This may sound strange, but it's not "art" by itself.  I enjoy doing art at times but it can be equally frustrating, and I care a lot more about improving my personal craft than somehow helping the entire art world progress.  It's not really money, either.  Beyond paying bills and buying games, I don't have the mental maturity to fully appreciate money, and I do unpaid personal work all the time.  Listening to the radio last night, I realized that my major motivation is freedom.  It's not the freedom to harm others, or the freedom to get whatever I want.  It's the freedom to stare at the interviewer who's asking for my facebook password with wide eyes, laugh, and then walk out.  On a grander level, it's the freedom to choose what projects I want to work on, what kind of cultures I'd like to work in, and what kind of roles do I play.

By a stroke of incredible luck, I rolled the dice and ended up in an almost perfect scenario.  The world is ever-changing, though.  When the time to roll the dice comes again, my personal abilities will become my plus modifier, allowing me more choices in my action.  I work for a lot of things, but freedom is the one long-term goal that keeps me going.
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rosscarnes Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Keep your motivation. You sound like a well grounded person to me. When you get my age you will look back with satisfaction rather than regret.
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Nightblue-art Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! Freedom from guilt and regret is definitely something I work towards :)
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matkaminski Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Just a quick thought, but... my real question then is... what happens when you tell your potential employer, "I don't have a Facebook account." That will probably raise more red flags than actually logging into yours I'd assume.

Hmm... maybe that's why the job search is so hard for me... <grumbles, ponders> :P
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Silverlute Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012   Digital Artist
You have just written what has been on my mind for a long time. I find internet one of the unsafest places just because of this. I don't have FB, MySpace etc. I had, but very soon I deleted them. At the moment this is the only place where I post my work aside tumblr. And only my works. I try not to use my personal info anywhere because the biggest FREEDOM is to have your own privacy. I agree on everything YOU said about freedom too.

Live and let others live is my moto.
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StriderDen Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
...and people think Police State is conspiracy stuff.
For me, it's becoming clearer and clearer how things does not work for the people, but for corporations and profit.
We're very very lucky to be able to live doing what we like, yet it doesn't deny the fact we're being used and abused by an industry.

Our freedom, privacy and quality of life are not the major concern, it's just a collateral effect, and that's what bothers me.
Orthodox people say if everyone pursuit selfish interests, major good will come as consequence... But why not, living in a world where major good is the objective?

I always wonder why we don't free people, in such abundant world. We can produce food for 12x human population, on United States we have 20 foreclosed houses for each 1 homeless person. Why don't we give all of this freely to people, and let them be? We would definetly NOT stay watching TV. If I wasn't a slave of my bills, wow... That would be freedom.
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Tokoldi Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is very insightful. I think a lot like you in terms of money, and I do believe if a potential employer wanted to be so intrusive I would walk out as well... although if it was Blizzard I'm not sure if I would walk out or submit. Being on one of the art teams is what I am working towards. But I doubt they would do that, so I don't think I have to worry about that at least xD
I appreciate your journal entries. They're always well worth the read, and they make me think. Thanks for sharing :)
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Nightblue-art Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Well, thank God game companies are generally super cool and laid-back :) After working a couple of retail jobs and internships when I was in school, I detected a trend: the crappier the job is(mindless, low-paying), the more likely you'll have to deal with a-hole bosses and/or nonsense corporate rules. It's like a double whammy. My guess is that people (or companies) who are actually worth something don't feel like they have to be crushing your dignity to earn your respect.
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Kamakru Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
When I was filling out paperwork for my last job I had to sign a document stating that I would not bad-mouth my job or the company I worked for on Facebook. In all honesty it should be my right -that's freedom of speech! If they had asked for my password I would have told them to shove it - and they'd lose the most valuable asset that store had right behind the manager.
If we don't take a stand, there's no reason for them to change
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Nightblue-art Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
not bad-mouthing one's workplace is kind of standard common sense good practice anyway. Everytime I see someone talk about how dumb their boss is or how dumb their client is I actually feel a little less respect towards the poster. It's kind of passive aggressive :P But you are totally right. In an ideal world we should have our freedom of speech, limited only by social decency and our best judgement.
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Kamakru Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Haha well that part I do agree on ;) It's not something I would do of course, but it's the principle of it all.
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