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June 27, 2007

Fixer Upper

What timing....Josh Glenn gets into the real problem with the supposed creative potentials of Web 2.0:

The only problem, for many of us, is... we don't know how to do these amazing things. We visit the Internet like we visit New York: cautiously, following the exact same route every time. Our homepages, if we have homepages, are lame; we don't know how to blog or podcast; our browsers are out-of-date, plagued with viruses and spyware, and slow. What to do? Forget the Web 2.0 visionaries -- they're no help. What we need is a Web 2.0 handyman, the online equivalent of an omnicompetent and friendly next-door neighbor who's always willing to lend a hand with a stalled engine or carpentry project.

See his excellent, interesting, and finally quite useful item at Brainiac.

Posted by smclemee at June 27, 2007 2:05 PM


The frustraing part of one's merging art with technology (especially digital) is that one finds one's idiot self spending more time with the technology than creating the art. Sometimes I wonder if painters struggled with this before pigment was easily available and artists were making their own paints. I refuse to believe we are unique. There are "digital" moments where the use of the technology does feel like you've employed a brush and the event does feel transcendant. But this is rare and the time one has to spend mastering the blending of programs is draining. Then there's the Other Struggle (a war, really) where you spend whatever energy you have left over attempting to convince the Art Vampires (agents, curators, gallery owners) who never make art but do control the strings that what you've created is art at all. The intransigent indifference there makes mastering the most complex program ever squeezed into a digital video camera seem like child's play. Are the new techtoys worth the grind. Is art.

Posted by: Tim Barrus at June 29, 2007 8:05 AM