Matt’s call for a new art revolution reminded me of a question I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. Has our culture run out of steam? It certainly seems to have run out of originality.
Just look at other art forms than the fine arts and you will see the evidence. Music and fashion seem to be nothing but rehashes and remixes of past trends. The last decade of original fashion and music — heck, even politics? — was the 1980s.
Some say the culprit is the digital age, which enables us to make perfect copies of everything from music to video. The rise of digital media in the ’90s has been an enormous boon for commerce and comfort. But has it killed originality? Can anyone point to something genuinely new today?