One message of today's social media is that recency is an indicator of value. Something that was produced yesterday is more important that something that was produced a week ago. And Silicon Valley continues to spend vast sums on researching and creating addictive experiences to fight for our attention, down to understanding reward schedules that would make a slot machine manufacturer jealous. Billions (and billions) are at stake.
At the same time, we all have greater access to the cultural accomplishments of the people who came before us.
Memories and even faith suggest that time spent experiencing cultural artifacts, at a personal level if possible, make us better.
Some of this takes the form of "big trips" to other countries, special museum exhibits, or the fund raiser at some new cultural venue.
|All Original Photographs from Archives|
|Fund Raisers Can Open Up New Venues - Peabody|
But there are also weekly and daily habits that can span months, or years, or lifetimes.
Some people add classics to a cycle of reading that includes modern page-tuners and non-fiction.
Sunday morning habits on the Maine coast around Robert J. Lurtsema...
...can transfer to playlists.
Some prioritize television shows that gently (or not so gently) remind viewers of great works.
An interest in antique oils can span from enjoying small pieces on the house wall many times a day...
...to weekly visits to the library...
...to monthly return visits to world class examples.
|Yale Center for British Art - Long Gallery|
Given that, what are your favorite habits, preferably daily or weekly, to access the works of the people who came before us?