Thursday, December 31, 2009

Cultural Studies

Studies on culture. Acting like probes, images like these are inserted into online communities as a form of popular culture monitoring. The questions I'm interested in ask things like;
"What is good/bad taste?"
"What is culture?"
"What is a text?"
"What does literacy mean today?"
"What is creativity?"
Followed by many more questions which eventually lead to somethings like;
"Is creativity the driving force behind humanity's rapid evolution?"

The graph below tracks the daily interest others have taken in viewing images I display online. It shows that subject matter greatly effects user interest. What does this say about the mediascape and the users which makeup that virtual community?

Specifically I'm thinking about popular bourgeois iconography among virtual cultural groups. In this case I believe my line-making to be steeped in traditions of various cultures and, if one is to have differentiations between high and low cultures, I believe it to be among the former. However, the subject matter raises interesting questions. The fact is that, as an image (or moving images), pornography has become a part of popular culture. I'm wondering about cultural taboos regarding what we see (the image) and what we do (the action). And in relation to this I am thinking about a capitalistic economy which may serve to promote particular art forms.

If money leads to the production of more art of a particular type I make the assumption that; So long as money is more readily obtained than an understanding of art, culture, literacy, etc, then, the artifacts that our present cultures generate may end up being little more than popular garbage. (Perhaps a deeper understanding of the ancient Greek fear of the demos is needed)

And even though I hate to refer to the same landscape more than once a week, I'm reminded of an article from Mediascape. The link is below.

The study of art can be used as a means of determining how a society will look in the future.
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