That Ira Glass Video

It seems like this video gets passed around in waves. This is a testament to how much Ira Glass' words resonate with people. I first caught it over on Makin Ads back in 2010 and it hasn't really left my mind since.

And I have watched A LOT of videos since then.

Most recently people have been passing around this kinetic typography version. It's good, but lacks some of the lo-fi charm of the original. What's really good is that people keep getting introduced to his words. This is an example of goodness rising to the top.

That's a reassuring message about humanity. Sure, Glass has celebrity that helps people find and latch onto his message. But it's still excellent advice from someone who's made it. That's all that really matters.

(I'm mostly posting this to make sure I have it for myself. It's a pretty great source of inspiration.)

Creativity Thrives During Chaos

There’s never been a better time to do creative work than right now. You can get stuff started. You can get it out to people. And you can turn it into a business if it’s decent. And there are more ways to get work to material. And it’s easier to get work. We are at a peak. Everything about our country is going to hell. Our politics, industry — like this is the one part of America which is actually going great.

—Ira Glass

I couldn't help but be inspired by this interview with Ira Glass. Not only is he down about the future of his profession, he doesn't care. Because when things are coming to the end, when things are changing dramatically, that's when creativity is not only accepted, it's required.

Sure, there will be people that always stay the course. People who try to hold onto the last shreds of What Once Was. But while they do that, people like Glass (and, hopefully, you and me) laugh and ride off on some new creative (ad)venture.

When things are going wrong people look for something to latch on to, maybe that something will be yours.