To the guy that started complaining towards the end of the “What is Community?” panel discussion at AMOA last Wednesday night. Chew on this. Yeah, I know both Lajos Heder and Annette Carlozzi asked you what you specifically were going to do about it, but I wanted to take this opportunity to ask everyone to challenge themselves in that regard. If you want leadership, then, by all means, lead.
Thinking about change and leadership, some issues have resurfaced recently. Talks about why newspapers are in trouble [via] (yeah, I sees more than just art), music taking another hit by the RIAA [no link for these bastards!] and picture taking in galleries & museums, all because of this thing called the internet. It seems that the individuals in power fail to understand the cooperative and democratic nature of these tools of public education. Or maybe they do and their greedy tendencies can’t allow for such long-term investments.
As a tool, the internet quickly disperses information to interested parties. Thats why the digital divide is so important, because of the selective access to information. Do I want unrestrained access to other’s creations, i.e disregard copyright? No, but I should be able to pass along the information found.
This line of thinking was all started with this question, “Can we still consider the museum a space for primarily the cultural elite?” Ya sees, I think of the museum as a tool for democracy and public education. I know they started out as some wealthy guys personal collection, but they opened up to the public during the Age of Enlightenment, didn’t they? And thats when dictionaries and thesauri began collecting words and their corresponding definitions. Public education, public knowledge.
Man, this turned out to be longer than I thought. I just wanted to tell the bigwigs to roll with it.
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.