Technologies Impact on Creative Expression
Modern technology has shown to have many impacts on the way activities are both perceived and accomplished. Contemporary cars and airplanes enable us to travel longer distances then those that existed a century ago. Due to the use of cell phones and web-cams, a person can instantly connect with others on a global scale, figuratively transporting them across the globe with a simple call. Mass amounts of information can be gathered simply and efficiently using the internet compared to a Saturday trip to the library scavenging through encyclopedias. Though, there are many benefits to the increase of technology, studies have shown that there are also negative impacts as well. Technology offers a large amount of information, from pictures to text to sounds as well as lights, in a shorter and shorter amount of time. The brain then has to adjust to this vast amount of information in order to process it, changing the way we see and think. One aspect of human culture greatly altered by technology has been creative expression in all of its forms. As previously stated, technology offers both positive and negative impacts in all aspects of mankind, with creative expression being no different. Due to the increase in the speed of the way life is conducted, the question has been proposed as to whether art will cease to exist or prevail through this era of technological dominance. Creative expression has never been an essential item in life, such as food, water, and air. Instead it originated and has remained an aspect of culture. The very fact that art has lasted century after century through various times of technological revolution demonstrates that it has the ability to persist. Whether it does or not is no fault of the technological advancement but of the individual. As Richard Restak states in his work “Attention Deficit: The Brain Syndrome of Our Era”, we now live in a “make it quick culture” (337). We now live in a...
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