How does the ease of internet posting effect art culture?

In an article on The Evergreen State College website, Scott Taylor discusses with his students the question of whether or not the internet has a negative or positive effect on art and it’s culture.

They discuss how one of their assignments was to read part of The Dumbest Generation by Mark Bauerlein.  Bauerlein argues that the youth of America today are much less intelligent than previous generations even though things like the Internet and computer education have existed for several decades now. He claims that the American youth today are “the dumbest generation.”, and backs up everything he claims by providing statistical data. Also, at one point Bauerlein claims that the youth of today are not visiting museums or art galleries as much as youth from previous generations, which is contributing to their “dumb”-ness.  The student believes however, that people may not be visiting more traditional forms of art galleries as much anymore, but art on the Internet is in no way inferior to art found within more traditional places of exhibition.

Another student responds by saying with the internet there is definitely more quantity out there and it is much harder to find quality, but believes the internet is a very useful tool for helping an artist becoming recognized.

The fact that the internet can have positive and negative effects of art should be a concern of those who wish to be professionals. The internet is a wonderful place of sharing, however there is so much sharing that art can become “dumbed down” or less important due to how easy it is to view and find.

Posted by Lindsay LaChance



2 thoughts on “How does the ease of internet posting effect art culture?

  1. What first caught my eye about this article was the image. Out of all the articles, it stuck out the most to me because it has such a strong sense of emotion and stress. Good choice, Lindsay!

    The point Bauerlein makes about the American youth today being the “dumbest generation” seemed a little blunt and a bit rude. Except I have to say that I’ve met some younger kids who do not know as much as they probably should. Whether to say this is the cause of social media and our obsession with technology is not known. However, it seems that kids are getting devices at ages younger and younger than ever before. For example, I have a cousin who is SIX years old and got an iPad for Christmas. At that age, I played with barbies and ran outside. Now-a-days it seems like kids are spending more time inside playing video games or using the internet that they’re not fully using their imagination or being a kid. It definitely shows how the “social media obsessed” society in which we live in today can directly affect the way younger generations are growing up.

    Posted by: Nicole Romeo

  2. Lindsay,
    As a professor, I encounter students under 30 all the time and even though they may say and do some pretty dumb things (never members of this class, of course!) I don’t think painting a broad brush such as “the dumbest generation,” is really fair.

    I’m going to give Bauerlein’s book a read, because as of now part of me feels like “rage tweeting” (from Tiffany’s post) something to the extent of, “come on Bauerlein, sure students have their dumb moments but isn’t our job as professors to make them less dumb? At least slightly?”

    Thanks for the post.

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