“In a sense, technology is already a fundamental part of our humanity and because of it we are transitioning from a verbal culture into a one where spoken language is essentially dead. Sharing our thoughts through pictures, like buttons, and online profiles have become our primary form of communication alongside artistic expression. When the two are combined, we are left with a bizarre yet relatable aesthetic. Social networking websites function as an ideal medium for the infectious phenomena of digitized art.” ~ Elizabeth Heitner’s blog.
You see I have a serious concern and strongly disagree with this. It is not progress it is de-humanizing us causing us to be automatons. Albeit it is great to have a computer over a typewriter because it is a tool and not a replacement. I don’t know about you, but, the new toll free information number is absolutely maddening. You call and ask an electronic voice for the name of a business or person and the computer spits back something totally ridiculous and you going around and round till you don’t get the listing and the call is terminated. In the late fifties and early sixties I learned the power of reading and words from my mother and the power of sound and music from my father. Together it was a nurturing environment that was both physiological and neurological in terms of discovering the five senses of touch, taste, hearing, seeing and most of all feeling. I can simply close my eyes and recreate and transform an experience into a fully engaged in the moment experience. Mindfulness improvisation is dependent upon that. Moreover, it is not predicated or reliant upon power, WiFi signals or technology.
American culture can sometimes be fickle especially when it comes to trends and the hottest new technological advances with smart phones and home alarm systems that can be remotely activated. The New Aesthetic is allegedly considered an artistic movement. It must be described as physical versus virtual, or humans versus machines. Technology can only exist when created by humans. With that comes the inherent disability limited to the individual’s capability who designs it. Its major visual emblems include “pixilated images”, “Photoshop glitches” and animated GIFs. Where would all of this be if the illustrators and artist genus of Walt Disney. Data visualization, i.e., Venn diagram are considered a part of the New Aesthetic in addition to Google Maps and “screen grabs”. Another popular trend is the Selfie where photos of people taking photos in awkward moments. Hands down, I prefer photographs by photographers who have a passion to snap pix of nature, oceans, people and life. It is through their lens that we develop pictures to make us laugh or cry or conjure up memories of times gone by.
The New Aesthetic is superficial and shallow but most of all is limited to the creators abilities to use and master the technology. When video games came out like Dungeons and Dragons it hit the youth market and became an all encompassing phenomenon that led to a disconnect to human existence. The virtual world become a reality and that reality was marred by violence and an inability to communicate. It was so much fun going to the movies or seeing a play on Broadway or going to an outdoor festival and concert. It draws like minded people together. Improvisation will no longer exist. Imagination will no longer exist. Mindfulness will become vacuous and is the very threat to our culture and life on earth.
The New Aesthetic is robbing and replacing our reason and purpose to honor our differences and to communicate feelings and ideas through language, contemporary visual arts and music. What happens to the artists writers, musicians when it comes to the very thing that makes us love, care, share, hope and imagine an inner glimpse of our souls. It is not limited by anything and somehow you cannot replace experience ~ good or bad, personal growth and transformation and finding our way in this big vast universe because God created us to be the way we are and unraveling the mysteries of life whether there is power or not. I’ll take books, plays, concerts and life in its purest and simplest form not relying on anything else but each other. Peace Out! JBC 😎
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