Not all of us have the freedom to travel far and wide. In the past, only the lucky ones could experience the great richness and diversity of our great world. As media spread around the planet, magazines, newspapers, television, and radio were able to bring culture to our homes. The themes on these services remained fairly localised and within given boundaries. We had no real choice, the editors chose for us. This was however a big step forward in cultural terms, as it was possible to establish community wide concepts via new and creative ideas sourced from around the world.
As the internet evolved and found its way into more people's homes, the ability to search for and discover things about the world increased. No longer did we have to go and see it for ourselves, or find the right book, the information and images could be delivered to our screens. It's not exactly the same as being there, however with so many exhibits behind rails or glass, is there really that much difference? The feeling of being close to it perhaps doesn't reach the digital realm, but the information and learning we can do remains the same.
There's a lot of internet out there, most of it dismal and boring. Sometimes we find something worth our attention, worth linking to, and talking about. Rather than the latest celebrity clothing outrage or what Donald Trump said this time, the rest of us enjoy experiencing the better side of our beautiful planet. Humans as an expression of nature create many things. We create buildings, cities and countries. We humans create art, music, literature, and performances. Our technology is a natural product of our ability to think and learn, it's a product of our bodies as everything is designed for us to use. All of this expression of our kind is available for us to go and see in person or browse on the web.
The digitisation of our universe, as in putting all of human knowledge and culture into computer format, not only compresses what was once a massive and incomprehensible network of ideas and stories into relatively tiny hard-drives, it makes it instantly available to anyone connected to it. So by shrinking it in one way, we expand it in the other, taking everywhere at once and putting it on a relatively small computer network allows a relatively small person to access everywhere at once. This has correspondence with spiritual practice too, where meditation into self reveals a universe within as a mirror of our own reality.
It's great when entire museums of work go online, because for many of us it's not in our ability to go there in person. Perhaps one day things will change, with hard work and determination many have found financial freedom. As those who stand astride the broken dreams of so many more can freely walk the corridors of this planet, the rest of us can adequately amble the digital world online. I hope Alternative Fruit will serve as a museum once things draw to a close, for those who've read the about section will know, this site is a shrine to the spirit of creativity in the universe.
What's already a museum is the New York Met. I read in Open Culture today that their collection of art books and catalogues stretches over 50000 in number! And, to make it more exciting, they're all online for you to download! This gives me and you a lot to read about. Let's all spend some time with this collection as in truth, there's nothing quite like exploring collections that span for longer than we have been alive. Enjoy.
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