Week 7

The NY Times article, “Tuning Out Digital Buzz, for an Intimate Communion With Art,” by Holland Cotter is a piece that I, along with many others in this generation can resonate with. This piece reminded me of the many articles published by pop culture websites and video showing “what we miss because of technology.” We are so invested in documenting our milestones and everyday activities instead of experiencing the moment itself. The video (now widely seen) showing what we miss is very powerful, especially to those of our generation, as many do not realize what happens.

However, there are arguments that this obsession with technology/social media/and “materialism” is somewhat of a fad. There are claims by millenials ourselves¬†opposing to this culture.¬†Since time has passed after the boom of social media, we are at the peak of utilization, yet more and more people are spending less time habitually browsing social media now. The way we use social media and technology is shifting as well, as more corporate companies and businesses use it as a tool to reach out to people. The very fact that people are calling our overuse of technology shows that this “problem” as some may call is being recognized in society. I believe this is the same for museums as well.

Growing up, I didn’t go to museums much simply because there weren’t many museums where I lived. However, the ones I did go to were very small, and the typical old fashioned museum. Little to no technological¬†pieces were incorporated into the exhibits. With my museum visits, I noticed differences in the two museums I visited. One was very interactive and technology heavy, whereas the other was more of a classic stationary museum. I think it’s very important that we have both types, and think that this shift is going to continue no matter what, but, the old fashioned museum will always be around as well. The museums will shift to keep the value of the old fashioned type, while still incorporating new advancements.

Like Cotter, I believe there is a point to which we lose retention and the value of the museum visit due to too much technology, or too much “other stuff” incorporated when showing the objects. We remember the technology or the “cool” added tool to the object rather than the object itself. It’s overwhelming and it brings up other concerns, like generation gaps with technology. However, just like how the technological age that we live in now may be just a fad which is growing, yet changing, I believe this will translate to museums as well.

6 thoughts on “Week 7”

  1. It’s interesting how both you and the article relate the possibility of an “old fashioned museum” with the rising of technology. However I do see a very strong possibility that almost every museum and those established in the future will turn toward relying largely on technology just like many other types of established institutions such as newspapers or college curriculums.

  2. I enjoyed reading your analysis of social media’s rising popularity and juxtaposing that with the distinction between “old-fashioned” museums and more technologically advanced ones. I definitely agree with both you and the article–there is a point where technology in museums ends up overshadowing the piece itself. For example, I can think of a lot peers whom I ask what their favorite part of a museum is, and they’ll name me a specific technology rather than the name of the work, the artist, or what the piece meant to them (e.g. “the room that rains at LACMA” or “the mirror room everyone Instagrams”).

  3. I also believe that too much technology can be distracting regardless of how “cool” the it is. At one of my museum trips, the curators added a whole bunch of new technology, probably to attract more people. However, I was pretty much lost in what message or theme the curators were trying to convey with the objects. I think it is good that museums and businesses are trying new things to reach a bigger audience. The problem is that they proliferate the use of technology to the point where even the millenials are getting sick of it. Like you, I think we need a better balance of non-technology and technology driven institutions.

  4. I appreciate that you analyzed technology in museums and museums in social media as two seperate things. Although Noor’s right in that museums will inevitably shift to utilizing more technology, there is definitely an appreciation to be had for “old-fashioned” museums as well.

    Also you brought up a really interesting perspective that we are at the peak of utilization since we have had it for so long, and I think any “counter-culturist” trying to suggest that technology is making us dumber (ie social media in particular” should take more into consideration, as opposed to being so quick to focus only on the negative uses. My blogpost was definitely aligning with this argument.

  5. I think we have come to a consensus through numerous discussions that there is no single narrative that can define the digital experience of museum goers today. That being said, technology can have both positive and negative impact depending on the context in which it is used. I think, with the right guidance, the millennial’s obsession with technology can be channeled to good use. For instance, no other generation has documented the world around them as ferociously as ours, thanks to smartphones, and I think the same desire translates to our continuous effort to make sense of all this documentation, all this data.

  6. I enjoyed being able to consider how, as you put it, the fad of technology is effecting the museum experience. I think that the article that I read can relate to this because it was a museum that was using technology which is grounded in human experience. By shifting technologies to be those that incorporate the human experience, rather than replace it, these trends can be challenged.

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