Cyber-Art

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”   -Emile Zola

I would say that ‘living out loud’ adequately describes the attempts of many artists today, including those who build and shape their works in the cyber medium. Emile Zola was a French novelist and playwright who is  known for his works’ reflections of the revolution. I selected to quote Zola because I can see a connection between revolution and the internet – sounds dramatic, I know. Understand, though, that we are connected today on a global scale that is unprecedented. The French revolted when word got out to enough people about the corruption within the government. In 2014, billions of individuals can receive the same information within the same day. Some of the best examples of these global wildfires of interest that spread like French rebellion?

ART

The struggle of art is mixed in this country. We see it diminishing in schools and universities, yet pop culture celebrates art in a variety of forms: music, dance, acting, performance. In spite of any resistance, art is continuing to grow and change to meet the demands of the growing numbers of artists these days. The internet provides an opportunity for creation and collaboration for the modern artist.

Cyberart is the term classifying all forms of art created with some kind of hardware and software. This can include images, websites, music, and others. The development of cyberart is in the millions of artists who use the space on the internet as their artistic-loudspeaker, as Zola might put it. The creative spaces being generated on the internet to allow artists an opportunity to share their concepts will draw in more artists as the years pass.We can see a bright future for the development and expansion of art in the real and cyber worlds.

 

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Web 2.0, 3.0

Since it’s invention, The World Wide Web has provided a space for people around the globe to seek out and learn new information. The web was filled with space for anyone to build a site dedicated to any political, cultural, or scientific knowledge. With the arrival of Web 2.0 The opportunity arose not only for site developers to create their own sites, but also for any member of the Internet community to edit or contribute anything they so choose. Instead of being a place just for learning, Web 2.0 transformed the existing websites into places for collaboration and teaching. Social networking instigated the participation of many more users in the construction of the web content. Rather than a ‘vertical’ orientation, meaning websites distribute information from one source to many viewers, Web 2.0 offers a more ‘horizontal’ and egalitarian way of sharing information from many individuals to many, many others.
Web 3.0 takes the social, collaborative format of its precursor to the next level. With key semantic differences, Web 3.0 gives all users new abilities to organize and classify the information available on the World Wide Web. Tools like hashtags, RSS feeds, and enhance editing functions allow any individual to index or label posts. This new Web will surely lead to a more connected society, a better informed individual, and a smarter, better cyber-culture.