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