Shonda Rhimes, on TV and instant internet culture (emphasis mine):
TVGuide.com: Let’s talk about TV coverage on the Internet. What
do you think about this instant feedback culture? Does it influence you?
Rhimes: I think for a long time we’d really try to stay here in the bubble. …
It’s only really lately and with the advent of Twitter that I’ve
actually been paying a little more attention to what’s written. But to
stay creative, you can’t get too emotionally involved in people saying
they love something and you can’t get too emotionally involved in
people saying they hate something.
I think Rhimes’ assessment is interesting. I often wonder if celebrities active on Twitter get bruised egos due to the hurtful things said to them via Twitter mentions, and if that affects their creativity. In my own (extremely!) minute micro-celebrity I find that both the cheers and jeers throw me off sometimes, shutting down my motivation to create. Feedback is great, but sometimes internet feedback takes on a life of
its own and begins to influence and drive the creative process if you let it get out of control. My version of ‘staying in a bubble’ entails shutting down shop completely.
Maybe I should look into a different model.