“Few art forms have had their obituary written as many times as poetry, yet it is now thriving again – and it’s that supposed enemy of high culture, the Internet, that is behind the renaissance”-Esther Walker
Facebook has surpassed its initial standing as a simple social networking site. It is now a modern medium for artistic expression. Historically, new mediums generally arise alongside their cultural counterparts. In the Renaissance era decadent and grandiose perspectives were the primary focus. New artistic techniques such as, Rembrandt’s stylistic etchings and the rising Rococo influence in high culture dominated the time period.
Although, Facebook is viewed as a low culture communication devise by many modern sociologists it has brought a unique outlet for both the artist and the viewing audience. There is now an open dialogue between both. Much like the previously discussed Renaissance styles, Facebook has branched out and now is exploring new and exciting ventures. Internet can be best described as the modern “rebirth”. It has revitalized many artistic mediums and is one microcosm that has assisted in this resurgence of creativity. Many argue that the Internet has killed creativity but it has opened up an entire forum for upcoming artists to gain exposure. They are no longer constricted to a once limited demographic but can now reach past multiple thresholds previously impermeable. Musicians, painters, poets, photographers etc. use these networking sites in ways unforeseen by creators. Mark Zuckerberg probably did not have poetry forums in mind when creating Facebook; however, due to it being a social networking site public interest took over, and thus, said poetic forums came about. The fluid nature of the site lends itself to the creativity of its users, as well as being a catalyst to ever changing growth and adaptation.
Facebook has also brought about its own forms of artistic expression. For example, Graffiti is an application that can be used for entertainment, self-expression, or other forms of electronic imaging. One plus in the Facebook-artistry merger is that the “comment” option enables a mass conversation and thus the artwork is able to flourish past the artists original intent. Unfortunately this also means that they may face negative criticism otherwise not credible in the artistic world; thus everyone becomes a self-proclaimed aficionado. The “like” function, although seemingly positive, ultimately convolutes the arts integrity for no artist enjoys empty praises. If this goes unchecked and there is no true critic art may fall to the common. However, if Facebook adapts to this trend, much like Wikipedia did when they began to implement authorized editors, art can continue to flourish through this new medium. But then again, Facebook is not a formal art gallery. It is, and always will be a social networking site, above all other functions.