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    Effects of the Information Age on the Creative Process
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    (Below are some brief thoughts on the effects on creativity in the Information Age, taken from one of my miscellaneous writing journals).

    He would still see the Matrix in his sleep… ripples of logic unfurling across that colourless void.

    The Information Age is creativity in flux: the impulses which drive the creative process now exist not in isolation, but in relation to a myriad other inspiration “nodes” throughout the vast pseudo-consciousness of the network at large. An individual inspired by a particular piece of media would, within the context of the Information Age, be inclined to see connections between that individual element and several other elements spread throughout the entire information network. As such, divergent thinking plays an essential role in the process of experiencing inspiration in the 21st century; one’s thoughts branch out past the immediate object of inspiration and seek out all the various seemingly-disjointed elements which relate to it in some way. This enhanced / heightened use of divergent thinking plays a key role in the formation of ideas within the 21st-century information paradigm. But divergent and convergent thinking are two sides of the same coin, and both are used extensively in the inception / creation of Information Age Art. Whereas divergent thinking is required to make visible the subtle relationships which exist between separate information / inspiration nodes, convergent thinking is required to re-assemble these disparate yet subtly-related elements into a coherent and artistically relevant whole. In other words, divergent thinking finds connections, while convergent thinking explores the meaning / significance of these connections. { Divergent and convergent thinking are essential to all creative processes, but are unique to Information Age Art in one crucial respect: degree. The reach / extent of divergent thinking is greatly enhanced by the virtual omnipresence of the Internet, which in turn impacts the extent & nature of convergent thought & its artistic / creative outcomes.

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