We are in period where everything is simplified and made easier for our comfortability. We almost forget the traditional ways in which things were done back in the 19th century. Televisions used to be tube boxes that only displayed black and white and typewriters were less sophisticated versions of computers. We don’t really appreciate the leap in advancement of technology and so this applies to art. We experience many forms of art in a day and don’t even appreciate it. We take it for granted as if it weren’t around it would make no difference in our lives. However, just from watching television we are experiencing art. When we’re watching tv we see motion pictures accompanied by sound and flip through channels unaware of these artforms that started from pen and paper.
Art has possibly lost its appreciation and meaning to some extent in a traditional context. On the other hand, one can say it has a new kind of appreciation in our digital world. For example, James Fallows illustrates his appreciation of using a computer to type his work because without it he’d spend more time typing and editing his work. He explains that with a typewriter it’s just an hassle going to the next line after he’s finished one, whereas with a computer it automatically goes on to the next line. So now he spends way less time typing his work but is now frustrated with the fact it takes about ten minutes using his printer. As a side note, while reading his article I took notice to the brands of computers he talked about and researched what they looked like and I found it amusing that he thought these computers were so great. So you see we appreciate different forms of artform as time goes by. Fallows appreciated the brand of computers of his time as do we appreciate the brands of computers our time. Art has many components as writing with pen and paper but today we enjoy writing on our computers and laptops. Its more efficient and it gives us the ability to share our work with others instantly unlike back then after typing your work you would have to send it to some printing press company that will reproduce your work and distribute it to everyone(magazines, newspapers etc.).
Art has been transforming through time due to our brilliancy. We’ve made inventions that help us produce faster and possibly better. As Walter Benjamin explains in his article mechanical reproduction is a work of art that is new. He goes on to say how inventions after inventions surpass each other. Design on a stone to lithography, lithography to photography, and photography to sound film. Take notice all are forms of art but as we advance in technology new inventions become more used and acknowledged. We can not forget where our origin of art came from because we used it as a template to transform into a new one. We appreciate our new type of art such as going to a concert of our favorite musician or watching our favorite movie. It’s just that we are keeping up with time and inventing better artforms. As Scott McCloud illustrates in his comic if you are not willing to conform to our time then you’ll find yourself lost and unable to cope.