The Railway Bridge after a painting by Brooke Farrar There he stands, the well-known figure Of the total stranger with his back Towards me, leaning on the parapet Of the secure suburban bridge. He stares along the permanent, white Summer rails, the expanding iron thoughts That curve into perspective, signalling The distance and himself, and […]

Technological Change, Art, Music and the Human Mind (R11)

One-dimensional Thinking In One-dimensional Man, Herbert Marcuse argues that technological change undermines the true substance of art: the easy availability of its products and their subsequent manipulation, universality of access, the general dumbing down of processes, the seeming ordinariness of ‘how to do it’, crowd mentality, psychological analysis… And the concrete manifestations of technological effect […]