Impact of Technology on Art Many people today in our society believe technology is in a way making the youth much duller, that we can’t pay attention to one thing since our attention is always getting dragged to the next. Richard Restak author of “Attention Deficit: the Brain Syndrome of Our Era” believes that as we have a conversation in person, we also have an ongoing conversation in our pocket. That as we are multitasking we lose the quality of something to get more of the quantity.
Some would say we should just not have so many social network profiles or to Stop being on the phone so much. But in a way always being on the phone or on Facebook for example is better than not being on it. Always keeping in touch with people or just roaming the internet keepsyou in the loop, and not just for the drama. A lot of kids use Google which is a good thing because theyre always trying to figure something out. Staying on social media websites keeps everyone alert of what’s going on, what was the latest news, and what’s going on on the other side of the world.
In Veiled Threat: The Guerilla Graffiti of Princess Hijab Arwa Aburawa tells of an anonymous artistic woman bent on gaining attention for often overlooked social issues. Known as Princess Hijab, the social justice warrior uses graffiti to paint over commercial advertisement in public places. “In fact, Princess Hijab asserts, her dressing up of billboards is a symbolic act of resistance meant to reassert a ‘physical and mental integrity against what she calls the ‘visual terrorism’ of advertising. ” (Aburawa 30).
Princess Hijab may actually be tilizing a very effective way of distributing personal beliefs according to Richard Restak. His ideas on the literal change of the brains functioning in response to outside stimuli supports Princess Hijab’s goal of retaliation on what she describes as the visual terrorism of advertising. “The plasticity of our brains, besides responding to the people and training to which we expose it, also respond, for good or for bad, to the technology all around us: television, movies, cell phones, e-mails, laptop computers, and the Internet.
And by esponding, I mean that our brain literally changes its organization and functioning to accommodate the abundance of stimulation forced on it by the modern world” (Restack 411 Maybe by subjecting the people to street art, even in amounts as little as a few different billboards, Princess Hijab is sparking a change in what the public thinks about in their daily routine. Topics that usually take a backseat in everyday life now get pushed to the front of their attention. With so many distracted people running around, we could be becoming the irst society with Attention Deficit Disorder” (Restak 415). Princess Hijab is in a way trying to stop the distraction, to stop us in our place and just let us look at her art, whether we understand them or not. To bring attention to the issues that are going around us that we’d usually not blink an eye to. Richard Restak also stated that “Crawlers grabbed our immediate attention no matter how engrossed we were in the television program” (411). I believe Princess Hijabs art is her crawler.
To get the attention of people passing by in a ubway glued to their phones, a black niqab surely gets their attention and that’s most likely going to be playing in people’s minds for the rest of their ride. Although technology can do a lot of great things for us, but it can do a bit of harm. Technology offers a large amount of information. The brain has to adjust to this large amount of information in order to process it, changing the way we see and think. ‘You must learn to rapidly process information… always remain prepared to rapidly shift from one activity to another” (Restak 416).
Technology helps bring attention to many things. There are apps for anything and everything. If we were confused by something we’d just have to ask Siri and itd be answered under a minute. Someone can take a picture of Princess Hijabs work of art and post it on their Instagram and people that haven’t been to France can glance at it under a second and keep that picture for as long as they want, and importantly be aware of her art and the background of it. Art carries a message in many ways, it just depends on the way you view it.