Tuesday, September 11, 2007

deviantART or the explosion of image web sites

I've lately seen a _LOT_ of statuses in my yahoo list linking to deviantART. Everyone started to make their own account and post "artistic" pictures they made of their cat, or random clouds or God know what else.
For those of you unaware of the deviantART phenomenon you should go to http://www.deviantart.com/ and see for yourself. It's a nice looking web site where anyone can create an account and submit photos. How is this different from hi5 or any other social networks? Well, in there the primary goal is not for you to make friends but rather to submit your work and get the opinions of other... erm... "artists". You are encouraged to post photos and drawings. Even CG-art.
This is not at all a bad idea. However, while many of the works displayed there are really good, of course a lot of them really aren't. It became really popular and now everyone who knows how to take a photograph thinks they're an artist and starts spamming the link, trying to get comments. Some really have talent. Most don't. Not everyone's an artist.

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