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“Bad Artist Copy, Great Artist Steal”-Picasso

“The Bad Artist Imitate, The Great Artist Steal”-Banksy

This quote was originally stated by Picasso, although Banksy switched the original phrase of this quote which, Picasso said “Bad Artist Copy, Great Artist Steal” Banksy is known for his controversial art work and in this piece of art he has written the same quote on a stone, scratched out Picasso’s name (which is visible) and wrote his name beneath it. This art work gives authorship a new meaning. Banksy exploits this message and at the same time redefines what it means to be original by stealing his quote and adding his twist to it.

In my opinion the quote means that in order to consider yourself a great artist you shouldn’t copy the work of others, you must steal it. The difference between the two is, there’s no such thing as originality and by copying someone else work you are not adding the unique elements to differentiate that persons’ work from yours. When you steal someone’s work it becomes yours and therefore, you receive all the credit. Everyone is inspired by someone or something and often times, because we like that persons’ work we tend to subconsciously copy it.

As described by Prof Schmidt “a detournement is always in the spirit of a prank, in opposition to or parodying the original.” Obviously, Banksy thinks of himself as a great artist which is why he scratched out Picasso’s name and added his own. The self appraisal in this work created by Banksy, could possibly lead people to question whether or not this quote may be the source of Banksy’s career. All ideas come from somewhere, doesn’t it? Since Picasso said it himself that great artist steal, then that could have been the drive that set forth Banksy’s form of art. As he is known for appropriating the work of others in the form of detournement, in this case Banksy did not re-write the message in the style of grafitti, he kept it the same but used a different source of medium; a stone. The context of this message is exactly what Banksy is brilliantly practicing. Just like Picasso said, good artist copy and great artist steal.





“Is Google Making Us Stupid?”

“Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy. My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument, and I’d spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That’s rarely the case anymore. ” As Nicholas Carr mentioned this in the article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” I find that I can agree with this statement. As I read the article I found that I allowed myself to become distracted. With out realizing it, I ended up clicking on a hyperlink because it seemed interesting. This is exactly what is mentioned in the article, “hyperlinks don’t merely point to related works; they propel you toward them.”  When it came to analyzing and interpreting the message I noticed that perhaps I too have the same problem. Engaging in a lengthy article doesn’t seem as easy as it used to be, many people struggle with the same thing.  In a time where information is given  quickly by technology, as the reciever  is it really a problem that we want answers right away?

How can one have the patience to scroll through pages on the web and not get distracted by hyperlinks or ads? For instance Google, it is the number one source to look for information and on Google there are many advertisements. As soon as you click on one, you are directed to a different site. I feel that this has taken a toll on peoples’ mind. Our attention span is not what it used to be. We’ve become so dependent on technology that, we are lazy as thinkers.   As a response to the quote by Nicholas Carr “Certainly if you had all the world’s information, you’d be better off.” I do think  we have access to a lot of information already. In a way it can seem as if it’s attached to our brain. All we have to do is Google it. However, Google does not have all the information in the world and if it did, I don’t think we would be better off, simply because there’s plenty of information that’s  better off not sharing.

1) Carr, Nicholas “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”


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