The Death of Art Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

The murder of art and music by modern technologies is an oft-heard plaint these days.  Those accusations really started gaining steam with the advent of personal computers in the 1980s, when tedious lamentations about soulless machines replacing the typewriter seemed almost de rigueur.  But reports of the death of art have been greatly exaggerated. A recent (but not tedious) AT article by Matt Patterson called "Art Death/Heart Death" compares twentieth-century composers unfavorably to their counterparts from earlier centuries, then really lays into today's artists and consumers of art: People are simply not able to learn the skills necessary to make and appreciate great music. ... Our circumstances are changing. There are no longer the environmental pressures in place to produce great music, or any other form of art (save, perhaps, motion pictures). ... Television, computers, and video games have destroyed [the ability to read great literature]; it no longer exists in any...(Read Full Article)