The Internet is an extremely useful tool in modern day, which sets the world apart from the 20th century. Information is shared with a few clicks from people around the world. Artists, and even ordinary people with a creative mind such as the girl from the walmart.com parody we watched in class now have an outlet to create and share their views and talents. Twenty years ago this would not have been possible. Artists now have an extremely broad platform. Even oppressed countries such as Libya used Twitter to express their views and concerns to people in countries that were oceans away. This is revolutionary.
While the Internet has broadened many horizons and opened new doors, we must still remember that it can also lead to plagiarism, and artists not getting credit for their work. A great example from this is the painting we viewed in class. The artist found a still shot of a television series through the Internet and claimed it as her own. While there is a great debate as to whether or not this artist was in the wrong, she certainly should have given credit where it was due.
Many other blogging sights such as Tumblr allow users to reblog and share art without giving credit to the artist. These creative outlets leave many artists frustrated and furious because their hard work is in a sense not paying off due to the fact that others are not aware they are the masterminds of the art.
Our generation has to take this into consideration and find new ways to give credit where it is due. The SOPA act is extremely harsh approach to this and would lead to many websites being shut down because of copyright infringement. Last week several small blogs as well as Wikipedia protested this by blacking out their sites for a day. As an Internet user, I was at a loss for that day because I could not view the sights I normally do. If this were to become permanent, freedom of speech would be stifled and the Internet would ultimately become a Monopoly. Internet users have to put their heads together and come up with a way that the Internet can still be used as a creative outlet without these damaging effects.