By Molly Sheridan
In the good timing department, Anne Midgette weighs in on the classical music community’s applications of technology in this morning’s WaPo.
The sad thing is that neither of these camps seems to have a very sophisticated idea of what “new technology” actually is. In classical music, new technology generally means either the use of video projections during performance or anything related to the Internet. The problem is that people on both sides of the argument — those in favor of new technology and those opposed — start equating new technology with “cheesy,” when the whole point is that it can enhance the experience rather than making it stupider.
Well that’s it in a nut shell, isn’t it?
Full article is here. The take-away: “What classical music audiences and administrators too often forget is that all these new technologies are mediums, not messages: How well they work depends entirely on how intelligently they’re used in the service of what they’re trying to communicate.”
So what do we think is a sophisticated, enriching use of the technology in the performing arts? What have you seen out there that impressed? What would you like to see?
UPDATE: Meanwhile, that other dinosaur, print media, give these mediums an honest fighting chance. Check out the Social Sun.