Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Feed your list obsession

If you're someone who feels the need to constantly make order out of chaos, self assess or control the world around you then Listgeeks is the site for you. Listgeeks is a fantastic social network site which lets you create and share lists of things that are interesting or important to you. Once signed up, users can follow friends or strangers. And, before you ask, the makers do declare that they have in fact seen the movie High Fidelity. 

In 2010 the BBC published this article by Jane O'Brien about an exhibition in Washington which revealed the obsessive and controlling sides of some of the world's greatest artists. The article shows lists made by Picasso, Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, and colour theorist Oscar Bluemner and discusses what lists can tell us about the personality of the list maker. Interestingly lists can form documentation which can become almost biographical. Every day people create lists of ideas, instructions, ambitions, paintings, things to do, general interests... all of which can now be captured on the Listgeeks site and shared across the web. The American abstract artist Charles Green Shaw is quoted: "Real happiness consists in not what we actually accomplish, but what we think we accomplish", revealing that our love for lists isn't just about order.

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