The information boom that has accompanied technological changes over the past 20 years is truly remarkable. We now have 24-hour news, 24-hour sports channels, hundreds of other television channels, an unlimited number of websites, thousands of tweets and Facebook entries, and on and on. It is not necessarily true that there is more going on than there was 20 years ago, but there certainly is far more information directed at all of us, constantly, and without pause.
All of this makes it harder for arts institutions to gain recognition for the work they do. While we benefit from new technologies and information distribution systems, many of which are free to use, we must also compete with the vast amount of information every human being is receiving each day.