I've been involved in new media and net.art since its inception or at least during the pioneering days when I could purchase a four letter domain name that was not being bought out by a corporate robot. What I am seeing now is a lot of others jumping on the bandwagon but I am not familiar with the general context of new media in its recent incarnations.
Before there seemed to be a more definable way to categorize the influx of work and even have a mental image of the hierarchy based on artist's ability to parallel outward into other culutual groupings. Now I am seeing more automatized and less thorough verification of context and meaning in the art work. There used to be more of a social/political context to a lot of the work (Eryk Salvaggio's ASCII 9/11 imagery.) I think what is happening now is there is no interest on the part of outside entities due to nobody's qualified ability to sift through the quantities that are exponentially crippling one's abilty to sift through it all and find value in it over something else.
What I need to know is how is new media, which I think is very relevant to the advancement of culture through technology, is going to gnash through the machinations of gears and dissolving relevance in the social media age of computer technology. What is being done to advance new media through these upheavals and forced changes in direction? My real question is: if anyone is not doing something to divert attention from social media and "pop-content" then should I start now in doing this myself?
I think it's entirely possible to decentralize the way people use the internet, but I think there's a general cynicism in doing so because I don't think many have tried. I just noticed that there has been a lot of attention drawn away from meaningful artistic work in favor of frivolous nonsensical corporate interest on the internet. I would like to discuss practical ways to subvert this trend.