Multimedia Works Gaining Ground

A new article by Anne Midgette for the Washington Post explores the growing frequency of multimedia works in orchestra performances.

As Midgette's mention of 'Appalachian Spring' suggests, multimedia art is hardly new. Ballet is multimedia; opera is multimedia. Wagner's concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk was by definition multimedia. 

Song itself represents a kind of multimedia: the simultaneous experience of music and poetry. 

What is new are certain technologies. Artists are a creative lot, as we know. Whenever they acquire new resources, they explore them.

Ars longa, vita brevis.


Terrorism Doesn't Work

Here's an informative essay that is worth a look on this day. Michael Shermer recently outlined five popular misconceptions about terrorism for Scientific American magazine.

The misconceptions are these:
1. terrorists are motivated by pure evil
2. terrorists are part of a vast global network waging a centrally organised war on societies they hate
3. terrorists are disciplined, brilliant and cunning
4. terrorists are exceptionally deadly to others
5. terrorism works

Not so on all five counts, says Shermer--badly as terrorists themselves may believe some of these things and want the rest of the world to do the same.

Here's that link again. Those interested more generally in the ongoing, noble work of mythbusting will find much to explore at Michael Schermer's home page and in the magazine he founded, Skeptic.