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    Literature in the modern online social sphere

    How will the increasing move to online social worlds such as Facebook and Instagram influence the consumption and production of literature. Will the move from physical books to technological based formats change the way words and ideas influence us. Is the day of the long classic novels coming to an end? Is this move making written word more accessible to mass audiences. Will this inevitable cultural and technological shift be the dawning of a new age of literature, or the death of an ancient human practise?

    • Its clear the way we use them is evolving, I think it creates an opportunity for new techniques to be used by writers, like a painter discovering some new colours. Especially as a new realm of experiences to decipher and dramatise. – beekay 7 years ago
    • I have read many books that have detailed futuristic worlds in which physical books are 'ancient, with yellowing pages and brittle spines' and wondered myself whether this vision of the future could, in fact, become truth, particularly with the creation of ebooks and the ever increasing ability to purchase texts online. – SophIsticated 7 years ago
    • Would it be helpful to look at games and our ability to participate in the story - has their level of characterisation rivalled (or does it have the potential to rival) 'long classic novels'? – Els Lee 7 years ago

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    I think that what constitutes metal is really going to be at the core of the debate. We have seen new forms of ‘metal’ trends gain mainstream popularity over the last 10 years. Think Emo. However, much of the metal community would say that this isn’t metal at all, it is weak and goes against everything that metal stands for (myself included). So although metal may become mainstream, the capacity in which it manifests is always highly contested.

    Making Metal Great Again: How and Why Metal Music May Regain Mainstream Popularity

    Good article with an interesting critical lens. I do enjoy art that pushes the limits, however, children are always going to be the most controversial topic, particularly in photography. I believe this is rightfully and justifiably so. This series attempts to use the children’s nudity to explore concepts that only adults can really comprehend. By playing to the idea that it is society that imposes certain taboos on the human form, I do find this to be contradictory as it does just that through the exploitation of her children. This is very different to naked photos in family albums. This was made for an international audience. I feel this is indeed coming back to artists wanting to push the limits for the sake of it. For me pieces like this just enforce societal ideas of sexuality and in fact play to the wider capitalist and neoliberal paradigm. The artist is looking to advance her work, standing and notoriety at any cost, not taking the agency of her children into account. We live in a world full of really sick people, so putting something like this out there is going to cause controversy. The artist knew this and played to it for her own benefit. In my opinion. For the children themselves I think this also has the potential to affect them negatively. Imagine your school peers finding a series of naked photographs of you?

    The Controversial Art of Sally Mann

    the realm of abstraction is so broad and diverse that writing about it becomes rather precarious. Speaking about abstract art as a genre is strange in the sense that, for example, a work which consists of a line on a blank canvas has almost no relation to a complex abstract installation piece. I personally think that like all genres of art abstract art has the ability to go from some very average and self-indulgent ego stroking to deep explorations of the human condition. I think we must be weary of falling victim to being afraid to dislike a piece of art.

    Understanding Abstract Art