I had a conversation today with a friend about how Time Magazine recently terminated hundreds of employees (Jan. 07). It seems like paper magazines are becoming obsolete, being replaced by portable devices and computer gadetry. How is Time going to keep abreast with "the times"?
My suspicion was confirmed by my friend that Time has been building up their online services. The public demands have shifted from paper to computer, from magazines to portable devices.
I was reminded of the camera industry that underwent tremendous change with the advent of digital cameras. It is rare now-a-days to ever process actual film. How long will it be before our magazines are only filtered into portable devices?
The demand then greatly increases with product, however I find the new technologies strongly lacking in one thing: longevity. Digital images and media have a limited life- span; often far inferior to old media. Perhaps in the future our digital age will be all the more adored - because nothing will have survived \"in print\" and whatever does will be all the more valuable or perhaps forgotten as it is replaced with newer devises pointing towards even more distraction and momentary insular pleasure.
This is why painting is important in our world today. It is a physical reminder of the singularity of the object which points to meditation and thought. Computer devices and painting may look after the same needs of the public, but only one lasts physically long enough to be enjoyed by future generations. What happens to an art that is outlived by one generation of humans? It is forgotten.