We lay a special emphasis on art in this book for a number of reasons. Contemporary artists are quick to explore the potential of new technologies, which are often used in surprising ways. The cultural ramifications of technology are often examined in artistic works. Several commentators, including McLuhan, have regarded artists as the ‘antennae’ of society, foreshadowing in their art the social impact of technological change. And the history of art is, after all, also a history of technology. All art employs technology of some kind, whether the materials of visual art, or the instruments used to create music, or the structures and materials of architecture, the art most readily associated with the shaping of technological form.
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