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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Art vs. Cell Phones

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What are the odds that they're looking at information about Rembrandt's 1642 painting The Night Watch as opposed to checking their Facebook or Twitter status?

Larger version of The Nightwatch below the fold.
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Read about the key elements of the painting HERE.  Fascinating!


  1. Not a chance in the world!

  2. Their lives the more shallow for themselves. To not be able to appreciate fine art and music is a loss indeed, and they have no idea. They have been robbed.

    1. I couldn't agree more. What a great missed opportunity. Truly sad.

    2. Bunkerville and Leticia,
      The Digital Age offers so many advantages and opportunities! But it's becoming more and more apparent that the Digital Age is robbing us of something, too. People can't seem to spend much time away from the screens!

  3. I would say the odds of that happening are ZERO. They don't look like art lovers to me.

    I would be snapping photographs like a madman myself. :-)

    1. Blue IsCool,
      I just can't imagine being in a museum and choosing to gaze at my smart phone!

      I wonder if museums are as crowded these days as they were, say, 30 year's ago?

  4. You can get an equivalent shot almost anywhere. It's a common state of affairs. This is made emphatic by being in front of a masterpiece of Dutch painting.

    What is so urgent? Who knows.
    Maybe they're catching up on Trump's tweets for current affairs class.

    Victims of comfort.

    1. Apparently, something on Facebook or Twitter was.

    2. I think it's a question of both boredom and insecurity, Leticia.
      The social network gives the illusion of rekief.

    3. It's more than that, Duck. All these touchscreen devices seem to have an addictive factor.

      Truly, since the arrival of the iPhone, checking social networks and updating one's status are much like OCD. The gazing at screens is happening to the point that device users no longer WANT to engage with either their environment or other people. Sad.

    4. Leticia,
      I have deliberately not synced my iPhone with Twitter and Facebook. That way, I'm less tempted to interrupt my real life.

  5. They are studiously researching about the painting and the artist.

  6. Who knows if they're checking their latest Instagram or Snapchat stats, or if they're serious about the art in front of them? I would hope they're looking up what's. In front of them to gain an appreciation for the arts.

  7. Theodora Schleswig von Bechsteinburger said

    Nothing to add. Civilisation is moribund. Our days of glory are long past. Nothing to look forward to now but the dull horror of coerced equality. Nothing good. Nothng bad. All flat, dead and maddeningly indifferent like a steady diet of nothng but plain oatmeal, unseasoned brown rice and water. This is what happens when excellence is officially regarded as snobbish, unfair and exclusionary, while high intelligence, vivid imagination, keen reception, and creativity are seen as threatenng to the safe, sought-after bland uniformity the rulers wish to impose on us to maintain optimum social control

    Mass-produced, pre-digested, faux-entertainment, fake information media, non-education, and now the total isolation of the ndividual thanks to the smart phone culture made possble by electronics have brought this dystoian vision to fruition. Mankind has been rendered deaf, dumb and blind to reality. Humanity has been reduced the abysmal status of the walking dead. We hpave turned iyrselves into ZOMBIES.


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