“I worry that further withdrawal of the body will increasingly depersonalize creativity in our computerized age. It is already a given that many young architects can’t draw, relying on circuitry to do their imaging for them. Nor can many of them model, never having built things with their hands as children, and felt the pliancy and fragility of structures, the interrelationship of empty space and solid mass.” – Edmund Morris, Beethoven’s Paper Trail
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A well written article that I came across in the Straits Times today. Unfortunately, ST cut down the article a bit due to space constraints and the story looked a little skewed as a result.
Much as I like the article, I disagree with Morris on the depersonalisation of creativity. One may come across more kids with little experience of the tactile (or anything traditional), but this just makes it easier for those who had done so to shine ever more in the mass of mediocrity.
History has consistently shown the majority of men are “average” – nothing more, nothing less. Most people will not bother to do more than the minimum in anything that they do, unless they seek a greater pleasure or power.
There is this tendency by the old fogeys to look upon the digitalisation of human beings as a dumbing down or making us plain lazy. This is nothing more than the generation gap, where parents are always aghast at the crap their children are consuming. One day Isaac will laugh at my MP3 collection too.