In this video found on YouTube, PBS Idea Channel ( originator of my 2nd post also ) discusses whether or not Internet Memes and the like are forms of art. They bring up quotes from philosophers such as, Aristotle, in defense that they are works of art regardless if they are seen as “beautiful” or not. PBS Idea Channel brings up how that many people who make these Memes don’t view their work as art at all. My opinion? Although I enjoy Memes as much as anyone else I wouldn’t go as far to say that they are fine art- however since graphic design and other computer based fields can be seen as art, and do require artistic ability to execute they could in fact be classified as art. Of course there are better Memes than others, we all have seen some that make no sense at all and we all scratch our heads in wonder, but there are some that we all “Lol” to and enjoy the presence of. Since art is an ever evolving field we can’t go as far to say that only fine art or traditional art is the only thing that can be classified as art. People looked at Andy Warhol in wonder and would scoff at his idea of “art” and now a few years later his art is highly sought after. I’m not saying an internet meme holds the same value as a Warhol artwork, but just because someone’s creation is different than yours or mine doesn’t disqualify it from being art. But would I ever purchase an internet Meme and hang it on my wall or go see a show of them in a gallery? Probably not.
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