When do we have time to read? We’re too busy writing. Everyone’s a writer these days. You no longer need to have a contract with a publisher in order to secure an audience for your writing. You can start a blog. You can post journal entries on Facebook. Some writers use one of the companies that can help them self publish a book easily and inexpensively. Others pay a reasonable fee to have their novel produced electronically. It can be selling on Amazon ready to download onto your e-reader within days. With so many people busy writing who has time left to read?
When do we have time to watch movies? We’re too busy filming them. Everyone’s a moviemaker these days. You no longer need to sign a deal with a Hollywood producer in order to secure an audience for your movies. You can use your camera to film your own movie of family and friends at a birthday party, on a vacation or acting out a script you’ve written. There are plenty of user- friendly computer programs that allow you to edit your movie and add a soundtrack. You can upload your film on You-Tube or Vimeo and have your very own movie out there for all to see. With so many people busy making movies who has time to go to the theatre?
When do we have time to look at art? We’re too busy creating our own art. Everyone’s an artist these days. You no longer need to be asked to exhibit your photography or drawings or designs in a gallery in order to secure an audience for your work. You can post it in Flicker or make a slide show in I-Photo. There are computer programs that allow you to create beautiful coffee- table- style- books of your artwork. You can crop, rotate, sharpen and saturate your photos with color till they look professional. You can use programs like Arc or Photo-shop to create unique artwork and share it with others. With so many people busy making art who has time to go to an art gallery?
When do we have time to listen to music? We’re too busy writing and performing music of our own. Everyone’s a musician these days. You no longer need to sign a record deal or go on tour across the country in order to secure an audience for your original songs. You can write your score with a program called Sibelius and get your music group together in your living room to record the music in a program like Garage Band. There are dozens of ways to get your music online for others to enjoy on iTunes or eMusic. With so many people busy making music who has time to listen to it?
The answer is lots of people do. Despite the ease of writing, filmmaking, recording tunes and creating art we are still finding time to read, watch movies, visit art galleries and listen to live music. Amazon, probably the largest bookseller in the world reported record sales in July 2013. So far in 2013 twenty movies have grossed more than a hundred million dollars at the box office. The Winnipeg Art Gallery expects to have ushered 50,000 people through its doors by the time its current Masters exhibition closes. I was one of thousands of fans who attended a Leonard Cohen concert in Winnipeg in April.
It seems while technology is making it easier for us to be creative it is not diminishing, and is perhaps even enhancing, our desire to enjoy the creativity of others first hand.
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