Thursday, November 10, 2011

Internet and technology help, hurt art

By Thomas Haines, Opinion Columnist

I have noticed some people argue that the Internet and technology are the greatest threat to art, but I would like to propose a counter-argument. The Internet has been nothing less than the greatest beneficiary to art.

Technology can enhance or ruin art, not because it is used but in how it is used.

Many people claim that 3D technology has created movies that tend to just provide special effects with no enhancement to the plot, I would have to disagree.

There are many films, such as Avatar and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, that have used 3D to enhance special effects but not to develop a deeper story.

Other films, such as How to Train your Dragon and Toy Story 3, use 3D to bring to life new worlds.

Another reason some people claim the Internet is killing art is the idea that technology is killing the music industry.

While I would believe that auto-tune has created some horrible songs that exist only to try and sellout just for the money, I would argue that technology has helped the music industry immensely.

Artists no longer need a record deal in order to record music.

They can make their own music and sell it on a website that they have set up.

They can also sell their music through iTunes without a record contract.

The top-five songs on iTunes may be auto-tuned, but it does not mean technology is to blame.

The problem lies with those who have purchased those songs.

The technology did not create the music, nor did it buy the music.

The problem with art today is not the Internet or technology.

The problem lies with those who buy into the consumption of this sort of art.