Are Theatres Being Muffled By The Digital Age?
In an age when art media is fast, short and readily accessible, are theatres dying out? The short answer to this question is no, they are not, however, there are some complicated issues surrounding this subject.
It is well understood that art is changing as the world changes around it. Whether this is for better or for worse it remains to be seen, however, it has made access to art galleries, music events and theatre productions more accessible. Being able to search for these art events online has made an enormous difference and the ability to follow and engage with artists and performers has meant that there has been a resurgence of interest in more classical types of art, like the theatre for example.
The Fastest Wins
Nowadays media comes in short, easily consumable bursts of information, and more often than not these types of media get lost amongst a sea of similar content. This means that the artists and producers that are behind internet content are all fighting for the viewers attention, all trying to outdo each other with content that will have the biggest impact.
Speed is another aspect to be considered. The internet has changed the way we take in news and other information, with speed being of utmost priority. Among other things, this has meant that people are very in tune with fast-paced events and content, so slower-paced narratives are much less appealing to generations that have grown up in this world.
An Evolving World
Hopefully, then we can see there this is still a place in our culture for theatre productions and that they still have resonance with audiences. As technology continues to advance, hopefully, the performing arts are lifted with it and enjoy a kind of co-dependence that we are already starting to see.