Is Social Media Killing Art Appreciation? Ann Scango Weighs In

In a recent blog post, Austin artist Ann Scango speculates on the effect that the modern social media craze has had upon the world of art. She is joined in her ruminations by Jia Jia Fey, the former director of digital marketing for the Guggenheim Museum. They provide an interesting perspective on the changes in consciousness that have been wrought by our social media obsession.

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In the past, when someone went to a museum there was a certain sense of anticipation. Before the invention of photography museum-goers would have had nothing to go on except word of mouth or maybe a rough sketch. Even long after the invention of photography it was impossible to get the full impact of a great work of art.


All of this has now changed. Thanks to the prevalent and sometimes annoying habit that people have of taking selfies everywhere, images have lost much of their impact. Ms. Fey explains to us that in the past, people just came to the art museum so that they could see great works of art and could say that they had seen them. But now, she says, it is just another excuse to take a selfie and spread the imagery all over the internet. In short, they have ruined the magic.


Ann Scango is a prominent Texan artist who specializes in creating textured works of art that are meant to reflect the inherent connection between humanity and nature. She has been making art and developing her distinctive style since she was very young. She likes to experiment with all sorts of different materials for the creation of her works. She uses industrial materials, carveable foam, and natural materials taken from nature. There is a very strong mosaic feel to her work as she weaves together many disparate threads to make some extremely thought provoking pieces.

William Saito on Fukushima Risk Assessment

William Saito has commented on his opinion on the Fukushima disaster and its impact on the security industry. He was one of the key executives tasked by the government to investigate the disaster and find answers to why it happened. He relates this experience as life changing. He notes how there were several things that several sectors could have done differently but didn’t. His idea was that a sense of normalcy occurred.

He described this normalcy as the enemy to well-being. William Saito compares it to the Titanic. In the titanic, engineers brought up the fact that the boat had several weakness. A false sense of perfection took over the minds of those in charge of giving orders, however. If precaution was important and every detail was taken into account, Titanic and Fukushima would not have happened. William Saito had to devise a security infrastructure for the investigation and relates his opinions with being cautious to his role in his job.

He says that every risk must be taken into account. Yet, he knows that he can only take risks in which he is able to afford losing. He advocates being cautious and through a good security system, maintaining an infrastructure that is user friendly and strong. He does not advocate taking care to make sure that there is not one part of the system that is impervious to any single mistake. William Saito admits a company is run by humans after all. Yet, he encourages a system to be built in which if one sector fails, another backup is in place.

For example, he advocates being forthright with employers in security breaches. He wants a policy in place to where employees can be honest about their mistakes and not feel that they will lose their jobs if they admit they made a mistake that can put their company in danger. William Saito sees the company as run by imperfect people, and policies should not punish employees for inevitable mistakes.

William Saito was born on March 23rd, 1971. Born in LA, he grew up through the time computers were making advancements. He developed software while still in high school and started his own company in the dorm room of his university. He later sold it to Microsoft. His work is important in the field of translation and fingerprint recognition technology.