HAS SOCIAL MEDIA LEAD TO THE DEMISE OF OUR TRUE CULTURAL HEROES?

by Paula on November 12, 2010

I shared with my friend my excitement that the work I am doing in Social Media brings and how I have genuine passion and enthusiasm for the opportunities that it brings to business. Given that I know he always brings a different perspective than the standard offering, I asked him his thoughts on the huge surge of Social Networking and what he feels about it. His angle was interesting. He asked me whether I thought that Social Media has lead to the demise of our true cultural heroes.

We talked of Beethoven and Bach, of Da Vinci and Van Gogh and how these people fought against the constraints of society and had to push huge boundaries to achieve their successes. Now it is different, now it is easier. You can make art and put it on line, you can write articles, blogs and stories and immediately publish them on line. It is so easy to express our creativity and put it out there for people to see.

There are lots of people putting forward their views and their art, and their creative talents, and quietly developing a following as they go. So between the artist who works purely for their own interest, and the artist who is at the top of the pile and well known for what they do, there is every shade of grey as people all over the world find it easy and cheap to be creative and to share this creativity with the world.

So the question we asked was, is it a positive that these opportunities to be published and recognised for what we do are so accessible to all? Or is it a negative that this huge mass of creativity is diluting the playing field and that in the future we will no longer have real stand-out heroes…?

What do you think?

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