Art in the Era of the Internet (and Why Open Education Matters)

Dur­ing the late 1990s, when the inter­net first boomed, we talked a lot about cre­ative destruc­tion — about how old busi­ness­es would col­lapse, mak­ing way for new ones to emerge. And, indeed, com­pa­nies like Ama­zon,, and eBay changed the way we buy our books, com­put­ers and every­day items. Years lat­er, we’re see­ing new inter­net tech­nolo­gies chang­ing the arts world. Kick­starter, a plat­form that uses crowd­sourc­ing to fund cre­ative projects, may even­tu­al­ly bring more fund­ing to the arts than the NEA, pro­vid­ing sup­port for count­less new artists. Cre­ative Com­mons and its lib­er­at­ing copy­right regime already lets artists dis­trib­ute their cre­ative works to the broad­est audi­ence pos­si­ble. And The Cre­ators Project, a glob­al arts ini­tia­tive cre­at­ed by Intel and Vice, is redefin­ing our con­cept of the art stu­dio and art exhi­bi­tion. That’s the sto­ry told by Art in the Era of the Inter­net, a video cre­at­ed by PBS’ Off Book web series.

Speak­ing of Cre­ative Com­mons, the Cal­i­for­nia non­prof­it (along with the U.S. Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion and the Open Soci­ety Insti­tute) has launched the Why Open Edu­ca­tion Mat­ters Video Com­pe­ti­tion. The com­pe­ti­tion will award cash prizes for the best short videos explain­ing the use of Open Edu­ca­tion­al Resources and the oppor­tu­ni­ties these mate­ri­als cre­ate for teach­ers, stu­dents and schools. Cre­ate a great video (by June 5th) and you can win $25,000. Get more details at

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  • Agreed although I per­son­al­ly feel there’s already a redun­dant qual­i­ty to what’s being most sup­port­ed on kick­starter. Video games based on nos­tal­gia, comics with low qual­i­ty art and video game humor, etc. I am extreme­ly excit­ed for the future though.

  • Kris says:

    …that’s where and y we need to nar­row the gaps — gen­er­tion­al, social and eco­nom­ic

  • Jeff Brown says:

    Kick­starter and oth­er “crowd­source” fund­ing is fine. But some art, like sci­en­tif­ic research, is the kind of thing no one thinks they want until 20 years lat­er. Where does the fund­ing for that come from? Crowd­sourced fund­ing only gives peo­ple what they already want, so the pos­si­bil­i­ty is that the poten­tial for new/revolutionary ideas is actu­al­ly reduced.

  • eusebio says:

    Siem­pre es bue­na idea orga­ni­zar algo nue­vo que nos ayude a pon­er en prac­ti­ca los conocimien­tos adquiri­dos

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