Reblogged: In which, the kids are fine. Shut up!

Yesterday, I came across this blog on my ‘Freshly Pressed’ Reader page. The aspect that attracted me was the picture of kids at an art museum, looking at their smartphones in front a famous painting. This author’s reaction to the photo made me giggle. 😀

It’s worrying that people (especially children!) are far more interested in their phones, rather than priceless art on the walls. As the debate rages in the comment section, many people argue that perhaps they are learning about these historical paintings on their smartphones, or they are gathering to share photos of other pieces of art they have seen when they were split into smaller groups. The world has advanced, so now one can even have an audioguide take you round the museum.

After reading this post, it’s occurred to me that walking through museum and galleries are a modern, physical way of taking a walk through history. It can be fun, it can be informative, and can be interesting. As Siler points out, it can be exhausting too, so people sit down on the couches to take a break (and yes, look at their smartphones!). I use the resting spots to rest from my walk, and to gaze at whatever I am looking at. As I stated out in my comment, it can be overwhelming with all that information, so one would need to sit down.

So, the next time you visit a museum, think of it as taking a walk through history. You never know. It might change your perspective (hopefully, it won’t be as exhausting), and I challenge you not to look at your smartphone once! 😀

A note, before I start: I had to do research and learn what the hell the difference is between Holland, the Netherlands and Denmark before writing this post.  So obviously I am supposed to be writing right now.

Anyway.  This picture’s making the rounds:

tumblr_ngp1r0FJEa1qz6f9yo1_1280Here’s what you’re supposed to do: you’re supposed to look at this picture and go arr wharglebargle kids these days yarr, and be all mad.  In case you don’t recognize it, that painting on the wall back there is Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, which isn’t actually called that officially but whatever.  The idea is that these kids– who look, to my eyes, to be maybe eighth- or ninth-graders, are in the presence of Priceless! Artwork! and instead of reverently gazing upon it they are daring to look at their phones.  Horror!  Terror! Decline of society!  Wharrgarbl!  Facebook is so angry about this, guys.

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2 thoughts on “Reblogged: In which, the kids are fine. Shut up!”

  1. As with many photographs lacking accompanying text, they are open to interpretation and our own probably says more about us than anything else. What I find most amusing in galleries is the ratio of time spent reading those small information cards adjacent to a given work of art and the actual work itself.
    Sadly, most people want a quick painless revelation rather than making any effort of their own to try to understand the artist’s work. As technology grows we find ourselves with ever more convenient ways to gain access to art and for all their advantages we are in danger of becoming ever lazier.


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