Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Art?

(Opinion)

The digital age has given us what sounds like a happy problem: there is now an unfathomable amount of art in the world for people to read, watch, and listen to.

Part of that has to do with the expanding definition of art—we now have tiny poems posted daily on Instagram, and memes that jump into the realm of modern art. But even by the traditional definition, the sheer number of movies, shows, books, and other works of art in the world is purely overwhelming.

There’s a darker side to this pleasant issue, though: in the sheer quantity of art, we find limitations on quality.

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