“The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art or is true talent instead drowned out?”
I have always been interested in the way that technology changes the ways in which we both create and consume art. In fact, I interviewed Peaches a few years ago, to find out how she felt new technologies, such as garage band, have been impacting the creative process (you can watch that interview here).
After our conversation I was really inspired to find out more about how the digital revolution is impacting the arts. It was about then that I first heard about PressPausePlay, a documentary that seeks to answer questions such as, “Is true talent flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture?” and “Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity?”
Press Pause Play, explores how the digital revolution is impacting the arts. Shot between August 2009 and January 2011 and features interviews with some of our generation’s most influential creators including Moby, Seth Godin, Sean Parker, and Robyn.
As Moby says in the film “In the olden days of 30, 40, 50 years ago, people didn’t make things…You know, like some people would go to photography exhibits, people would go buy records, and there were professional artists. And now everybody’s a photographer, everybody’s a filmmaker, everybody’s a writer, everybody’s a musician.”
You can watch the full film above.