In my short lived ventures around the internet, I found this little gem which provides a positive insight into the use of social networking and technology. A breath of fresh air in a world who is so afraid of that which is new, different, or puts us in a state of vulnerability.
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William Morris was quoted to have said “No man is good enough to be another’s master.” a statement that can be interpreted by the time he lived in which was an age when machines took the place of artisans and perfection became the demand. In turn, designs were rejected if there was even the tiniest flaw therein. The Arts and Crafts Movement was a rebellion against the idea that handcrafted designs had become obsolete because of their inconsistencies and imperfection.
Is technology doing the same to humanity?
I found this post the other day and it brought up some interesting points about technology. Firstly it discusses some of the issues brought about by the industrial revolution to the design world (which was highly influential to design as we know it). Secondly it touches on the view that technology has caused us to have increased, and in some cases unreasonable demands of people. Though raw in verse, it will get you thinking.
Another 2 hour conversation had been disconnected. I stared at my computer screen, eyes bloodshot, ear tired of listening. My suite mates playing season after season of television shows. I closed my eyes and hoped that the world would just quiet for a min. Then the power went out.
There is an unusual amount of dependency on electronics for entertainment. I am one of the many who use it more than just a hand full of times a week for entertaining purposes, but every so often I find myself in need to some hardcore quiet time. Power outages are one way of doing it, but there is always another way to get away from all things electronic. My ideal plan: West Virginia Quiet Zone.
The zone was established in 1958 and consists of 13, ooo square miles of beautiful isolation. No wifi. No cellphones. No radio waves. If you want complete isolation? This is as isolated as it gets outside of prison. And for many trying to run from technology it’s a highly sought place for the housing market.
For more information about this unique zone click here.
Part of being Graphic Design majors is attempting to bring technology and art together into one form. It’s like the perfect mixed drink. The right colors, with the right ratios makes the perfect flavor, but instead of making a favor you’re making a visual display. Of course there is harmony between technology and art, but there are those who think otherwise.
(For Art and Technology Integration and Galleries check out:
There is a fear that the concept of art has changed from what it was originally intended. In todays technology filled world the idea of art has been “degraded” as some may say. But rather than looking at the art world as being “degraded” we would rather define the addition of technology to art as the broadening of the artistic definition. However, the minds of determined men and women are hard to change.
The term “Luddite” comes to mind. A term which traces back to the early 1800’s factory workers and skilled artisans in Europe were being pushed out of their employment and replaced with machines. In an act of protest they stormed their factories and workshops destroying the machines that had replaced their master craftsmen work and taken their art from them. These workers were referred to as Luddites, and today the term is used to describe people who are against the use of technology because of what it takes from people rather than gives.
(For more information and artistic galleries of Luddites please read:
Today’s world seems to be at an impasse. Contemporary art is either brilliant or a joke, Classic Art is either considered masterpiece or ancient history. Generations clash from the older folks who desire a “Simpler life without technology” with the young folks who want to live out their lives on facebook, share their work on Deviant Art, and blog about the next big thing in the world. Music has gone from being personal unedited sound to an array of synths and beats put to lyrics (Most top artists today wouldn’t even make it into Julliard School of Music). Many even argue that technology take people away from the desire to create art because of the fear of not being good enough or being involved too much in their social networks to find the drive or motivation (stats say almost 30 hrs a week is the amount of time the average teenager is spending in front of a screen).
Is art really hurting our artistic world, or is the integration of art and technology beneficial? Is the redefining of “art” a bad thing? Let us know what side you’re on.