It’s hard to believe that the Internet is still considered to be relatively young technology in our world. Its seismic growth, especially over the last 10 years, has changed the way people do everything, from communication and dating to music and video.
While some people dislike the Internet and the way that illegal music and videos are commonly shared, others prefer to see that the glass is half full. The Internet now gives people access to famous works of art and artist biographies. People don’t even need to leave their homes or pay for access to a museum to view artwork. Through the Internet, people can also watch movies that weren’t previously available at video stores, especially independent films and unique genres. All of this is available immediately and continually, but is this good for our generation?
Websites such as Art.Net have been working non-profit to display artwork online for viewers. Online art galleries are growing in popularity as more and more of our services and past times go digital. Art.Net gives each individual artist a studio Web space to present their work and describe themselves. The site also encourages collaboration between artists, providing serious potential to help each individual artist grow and develop new ideas. The site hosts poets, musicians, sculptors, animators, hacker artists and over 400 creative people from around the world. New artists are always welcome to join and submit their work.
Art.Net does not censor any artist’s work, but because of this, they have been involved in several large court cases involving Internet censorship. Internet censorship is becoming a bigger problem as illegal downloading becomes more popular. Websites like Art.Net, which is active in defending free speech and anti-censorship causes, are what make the Internet such a valuable resource. Especially for aspiring artists, this community promotes a positive message and supports expanding creativity.
Netflix is also a huge change that has occurred within the last few years. People with Netflix can now see almost any movie they want instantly on their computer or the actual DVDs can be sent to their mailbox. This makes an unbelieveable difference in our accessibility to a wide range of less popular films. Independent films and older films are not as readily available in video stores, but with Netflix they’re right at our fingertips. Of course companies like Netflix have some flaws and may not have every single movie desirable, but it is a great change from the video stores we all grew up with.
The expansion of the Internet is very controversial and the issue of Internet censorship concerning music and movies is especially prevalent in these changing times. Where will the Internet take us over the next 10 or 15 years? We can only guess what policies will be implemented involving Internet censorship and what websites like Art.Net will have to say about them when that time comes. As long as technology continues to change, there will always be controversy over censorship. At least in this modern day we know that, because of the Internet, art and film everywhere can be much more easily shared, and there’s no debate about that.