I Blog Therefore I am
Since the print media is going the way of the Dodo, I envision a future where all media outlets rely more heavily on the blog than actual physical medium. It is quiet possible that time honored periodicals like the NY Times also take the path of LIFE, and exist majorly online. This will no doubt save trees (and cost), but will the credibility be the same? will it be better? or will it be worse?
Media and cultural institutions often get bashed because they have a certain agenda. The media is obviously at fault for having agendas and supporting causes that are perhaps more beneficial to them for a multitude of reasons.We see how destructive it can be in the case of fringe anchors like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. People actually listen to them and bypass the whole fact checking step in the process of supporting a cause. If they did actually read multiple sources or tune into reality, then surely these TV personalities disguised as newscasters would have very little clout.
In the art world, blogging and criticism have risen to become just as essential as the artist and the artwork. I wonder why this is the case? Art criticism has always had an agenda. Whether someone champions a certain movement or art type is dependent on a multitude of things. Whether it is for personal wealth, to become famous, or for the love of the art itself, the critic is a strong voice that is often heard before the work is seen. I know people that will only go to exhibitions, shows or buy records based on positive reviews. Because reviews and blogs are so accessible many people might feel that bypassing the physical realm in order to enjoy art, music or film is no big deal. Therefore the critic becomes the harbinger of what we might consider art. The role of an art critic is fairly institutionalized in many ways. They often have an agenda and straying from such an agenda would lose credibility with the judgmental art world. even when they might no longer have the will to stand by their own words, they often suck it up and go for the long haul. Of course this causes their whole message to go stale.
Blogging is different because it contains multiple ideas in one post alone. Many times a blog post is overwhelming when it is stuffed with a barrage of images, multimedia and text. Blogging about the arts is tricky too. How does one blog stand out from another? What artists are they talking about and why? We don't know the blogger so much as we do the critic. The critic is famous and outspoken, a blogger often repeats what is already said. We all will be talking about Clement Greenberg and Jerry Saltz in the future but probably won't be talking about Perez Hilton so much in terms of historical importance. Besides a select few (mostly annoying) bloggers, the world of blogging is based solely in Internet culture. Internet culture is such a diverse and confusing environment. There is so much junk in front of our eyes but when we need to buckle down and research something more specific it is often impossible to locate. A blog isn't built for the purpose of scholarly research or discourse. It exists so that we can feel like we are contributing to the vast unknown Internet society where anyone who logs on and posts something can easily receive notoriety. On the contrary there are certain blogs that aim to promote a certain aesthetic or act as activism for a worthy cause. These blogs are often the blogs that are less known. Even Jerry Saltz has taken to the Internet to "make waves" in the art world via Facebook posts.
Is it too soon to declare the shift in our culture towards the Internet as positive or negative? I think so. However, the increase of art and cultural blogs on a daily basis is a sign that people are not going to be stopping. I hope it won't ever interfere with the way we communicate in the psychical realm. When lines get blurred it is often troubling. That said, I hope that this blog can evolve into more of a collective discourse. I know I am not one of those celebrity bloggers, nor would I want to be known for that. However, it would be nice to have intelligent discussion as a result of the ideas and writings I post.