Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Creativity: the Media, Physiology, and the Power to Change

Post 21 of HEIA: Creativity

Being both a journalist and an artist, I love all-things communication and creation, so naturally, anything media-related fascinates me. Even though most people aren't aware of it, to communicate and communicate effectively is an art -- both literally and figuratively.

The media obviously uses imagery to instantly communicate events or ideas. The most interesting part about that, to me, though is that when your body consumes media, be it a piece of art work, a movie, or music, it literally has a physiological response to it. This is why scary movies get your heart pounding, an image of a naked body is arousing, and music can move you to tears. While you are watching the media, your body responds to it as if it was real.

There is no wonder that there are those who have claimed that music or art has healed them...there is clearly a correspondence.

But that's besides the point. The point is all of the many facets of communication, from words to imagery, are extremely powerful and can literally change an individual's life. I firmly believe that a creative individual who uses their communicative talents to serve can change the world for the better.

How someone used their talents to "create."

When I saw that the LDS church is encouraging individuals to "create" it definitely put a smile on my face. The church is encouraging people to share their talents, because they know just as much as I know, that we each have the power within ourselves to create something beautiful and wonderful that will touch another human being.

Consider this quote from Margaret Mead, an American cultural anthropologist:

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world."

Whether you're a photographer, a multi-media artist, a blogger, a song-writer, a singer, a musician, a choir director, a movie director, an actor, a journalist, or a novelist -- keep on communicating. Your creations change the world.



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