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Chapter 7: Just Because It’s Pretty Doesn’t Mean It’s Original Does Technology Enhance or Diminish Creativity?
Just Because It’s Pretty Doesn’t Mean It’s Original Does Technology Enhance or Diminish Creativity?
One might say the computer is being used to program the child. In my vision, the child programs the computer.
When people are asked if they are “artistic,” a common response is “No, I can’t draw a straight line.” I’ve often wondered what being able to draw a straight line has to do with being artistic.
Everyone reading this chapter can use a paper and pencil to draw a house. [Page 76]Some might look like this (see Figure 7.1):
And some might look like this (see Figure 7.2):
[Page 77]I would argue that the difference does not lie in the degree of creativity these artists display, but in the level ...