I’ve been having an email conversation with occasional acid logic contributor Pete Moss about a topic I frequently address here: the digitization of art, music and writing and how the resulting devaluation of these art forms is going to lead to the destruction of all humanity. As Pete has pointed out, there has been, in response to this cheapening of these art forms, a small revival of the Arts and Crafts movement, an aesthetic philosophy of the 1800s that responding to the mass production of art of that era. As the wikipedia article states:
Arts and Crafts was an international design movement that flourished between 1860 and 1910… It was largely a reaction against the impoverished state of the decorative arts at the time and the conditions in which they were produced. It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often applied medieval, romantic or folk styles of decoration. It advocated economic and social reform and has been said to be essentially anti-industrial.
So maybe we’ll see something of a return to handmade arts across various forms – music, film etc. But in the long run I see no stopping the ultimate destruction of humanity.