The Future of Criticism
Does multimedia bring art down from the sublime to the cool?
A new distinction between highbrow and lowbrow seems to be in the making. While the
'true devotees' of culture apply themselves to books, opera and painting, the grey,
uncivilised classes are to be kept busy with primitive and juvenile 'new' media. The
lonely crowds are lured into a state of permanent numbness, resulting in dazed and
confused packs of couch potatoes sitting it out in ever lasting zapping-, clicking-,
chatting- and surfing-sessions. Digitisation takes command: electronic solitude creates a
Cybernetic Waste Land. Included here is a new aristocracy harbouring a deep hatred towards
the on-line masses.
Geert Lovink's sites:
What is missing from the digital artwork is the involvement of the body, a texture, the
weight of things, the natural life in which they bathe and with all these, the quality of
attention necessary for a text or an image to be seized and then transformed by the
I never read, I just look at pictures
Just as the movie camera made the stage box seem too confining, so may the computer
mouse make the director's camera seem too confining.
new media: like the house-dog munching peacefully on the meat while the house is