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    Default Technology has out striped creativity?

    I was watching a BBC TV show about the latest developments in technology and they were talking about the latests super high definition TVs, at present the prototypes are too expensive for any mass consumer market, insanely advanced technology which is reportedly as good as actually being there.

    They made some jokes about so many million pixels but nothing on, its a variation on the saying about millions of channels and nothing on which people used to say, probably still do, about sky broadcasting and the multiplication of channels from the original three or four.

    I read bits and pieces from a net guru's book "you are not a gadget" a while back which mentioned just this dilemma, in theory access to means of producing, in the narrower sense of media and similar content at least, has never been greater but the content which is produced is not that innovative or interesting for the most part, ie I Can Haz Cheezeburger memes are not Shakespeare.

    What's your thoughts? Is creativity always going to lag behind technological innovation? Content behind presentation?

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    With new technology means the need for people to learn that technology, so yes, creativity will lack behind technology.

    For people to make full use of technology, we need creators who can use that technology, and that requires training (sometimes lots of training.)

    Think of animating by hand versus animating through software (like flash) versus animating through a 3-d software.

    Drawing each frame was the de facto way of animating before people got to know how to use flash or 3-d animation software.

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    I would say that the opposite is usually true. Creativity outstripes technology, for the most part. But now were so luled to sleep by infotainment that we miss the great ones and call them crackpots. Technology begits monoculture, and monocultures reduce real creativity. I mean, many people in America think that Steve Jobs was a genius, but he was no Michelangelo; not even close. That alone proves that our collective lens needs recalibrating.

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    The innovation of a few drives the technology which strips the self-sufficiency of many.

    You might say technology empowers self-sufficiency. It empowers a person only to the degree of that technology's context, and does so at a greater cost of dependency upon it.

    If you don't believe me, consider internet globalization... in the last 20 years the personal computer experience has shifted entirely from local experience to global experience. We have access to an unprecedented amount of information and social connection, but that is entirely dependent upon having an internet connection. Your GPS might empower you to find a geocache in the middle of nowhere, but when your battery runs out or you can't get satellite reception, you'd end up having gotten yourself more lost than ever before possible. Without checking Facebook enough, people start to feel insecure even though it's meant to solidify human connection.


    Technological innovation, more often than not it seems, fills a need that didn't exist and in doing so also invents the necessity of itself. It's a momentum of sorts with the capability to get more and more of what you want, but without the ability to always get what you need, something people have done for hundreds of years despite our modern technology.


    On really has to wonder which end of things is better. It is possible to be going nowhere fast, after all.

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    Technology is far from over. It just began.

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    Technology offers more avenues to apply creativity

    1000 years ago we wouldn't have humans designing newer circuits, more potent vaccines, or new vessels carrying men into space

    As a function of time, human creativity appears to grow exponentially (but then again, so do our numbers)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    probably still do, about sky broadcasting and the multiplication of channels from the original three or four.
    That's like opening a full fridge and saying there is nothing to eat. Choice begets devaluation of the individual items by virtue of choice explicitly including abundance.

    I'll put forth something different; technology is creativity in action. It's the front runner. Art is what lags behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptgatsby View Post
    Art is what lags behind.
    No, it can't do that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beargryllz View Post
    No, it can't do that
    Nah uh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptgatsby View Post
    That's like opening a full fridge and saying there is nothing to eat. Choice begets devaluation of the individual items by virtue of choice explicitly including abundance.

    I'll put forth something different; technology is creativity in action. It's the front runner. Art is what lags behind.
    Better explanation, lol.

    But some people see technology as art.

    Creating an airplane that flies, making the first telegraph, radio, t.v. etc.

    It breathes new air as both art and an art starter.

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