“… The idea that one would have to seek someone’s permission before criticizing or commenting upon their work is not just anathema to reason, it’s faintly fascistic, and as such, cannot be sustained.” Matt Zoller Seitz brings up an interesting perspective on sharing art in his article that has not necessarily been widely thought about in terms of video copyright yet. Every succesful artist has probably had to deal with the consequences of sharing their art with the world at some point. When we create art, we invite others to project meaning onto it. Our art stops belonging to just us. Artists are constantly taking risks, and it makes their art better. One question this leaves me with is, how does one effectively balance risk taking and self-care, and still produce quality art? This blog post about creative risk taking and self-esteem expands slightly on the benefits of taking that risk and following it through, but where are all of the accounts of artists who’s lives were crushed after their art wasn’t received correctly? What happens when that unsustainable idea of seeking someone’s permission before criticizing or commenting upon their work means the difference between a nurtured creative soul and a bitter, lonely person? As a copyright issue, I understand why artistic work needs to be catalogued. However, I dont think that everything or everyone is automatically required to be open to criticism.