User:Mrthejazz/Sex and cash theory
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A while ago I read a book that mentioned sex and cash theory. It's an interesting take on the subject of creativity, and I thought I'd share it with you all:
It's kind of a take on the RulesVsFunny debate.
There are two kinds of work:
- The work that we do for money. "cash"
- The work that we do because we really enjoy it on some deep level. "sex"
Most of the time, these two things aren't the same work. Currently, my "cash" job is that I write for a newspaper. I enjoy it a little, but not in the same way I enjoy writing on here. If I could get paid to write here, I'd do it in a heartbeat. Some people do take their passion and make money off of it. Unfortunately, for many people, "going pro" kills the passion. This is why people like Jeff Foxworthy are successful. (I personally think he sucks, to each their own). People like Foxworthy have been in the comedy biz for so long that they approach their comedy like a business. They gather a few formulaic jokes, jokes that they are sure will get laughs, throw in a small amount of "not sures" and use the audience response to modify their comedy formula for next time. Most pro comedians actually take very few risks as far as their material is concerned. Most comedians are sick of their old jokes, because the need to make new jokes is relatively small after a certain point. With a new audience all the time, new material is not always needed. In other words, many artists of various natures follow their passions and wind up taking the cynical path where their passion slowly degrades into a job.
Likewise, if writing on uncyclopedia was a paid job, suddenly, we'd have to worry about what our "customers" thought. We could no longer entertain them with risky articles. After all, offensive articles could scare away our customers, or make us lose advertisers. Humor would be kept to a standard.Si
On the positive side, uncyclopedia doesn't pay me a single dime in real money. That means that the articles I write are PURE SEX. I write what I want to write, and I don't let anybody tell me "oh no don't do that now."
What is the most annoying thing for a person who writes for sex? Answer: Meeting people who still treat it like it's a job. If I'm going to treat this like a job, and turn my passion into a formula, I best be getting paid for it. Until then, I will continue to push the envelope, because that's how sex works, baby. It's Mrthejazz... a case not yet solved. 05:23, February 24, 2011 (UTC)