Sunday, April 8, 2012

Review from the Maine Sunday Telegram

From the Maine Sunday Telegram:

By Daniel Kany

For younger Americans, Facebook is a fully integrated aspect of normal social life. Yet for many others, the viral logic that makes social media so pervasive is precisely the thing that makes it seem so alien.


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Tanja Alexia Hollander’s “Flo Lunn, Brooklyn, New York.” 



“Mary Bok with Surely & Honey the Dogs, Camden, Maine.”
Courtesy photo

ART REVIEW

TANJA ALEXIA HOLLANDER: "ARE YOU REALLY MY FRIEND?"
WHERE: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square
WHEN: Through June 17
HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; until 9 p.m. Friday
COST: $12; $10 for seniors and students with ID; $6 for ages 13 to 17; free for children 12 and under; free for all after 5 p.m. Fridays
INFO: 775-6148; portlandmuseum.org; facebook.com/are.you.really.my.friend
As I grew up, there were three television stations – the three networks – and Americans mostly watched the same programs, heard Casey Kasem count down the same songs, went to the same movies and read the same books, magazines and newspapers.

While this may sound to some like a recipe for glacial-paced cultural change, in many ways it was the opposite. With such a comprehensive armature in place, a single person, idea or artist could have a massive (and sudden) impact.

Then along came the Internet. Soon thereafter came social media with its ability to change and grow in real time following the indications of immediate feedback mechanisms. Data was no longer just a road map, but cultural fuel itself.

Facebook is the Google of social media. Launched in 2004, about one in 10 humans on Earth now uses it. Currently, it has more than 845 million users – almost three times as many people as there are American citizens.


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