Kind of carrying on from this post the other day, thinking about it, what a brilliant stage the internet is for so many academic art students. Think - for us animators - Newgrounds, Youtube, 11 second club etc.. Deviant art (etc) for the practical art students, Flikr, Facebook for photographers, Myspace & SongCloud for musicians. But moreso than that - these aren't just hobby sites, these are places you can begin your career. My journalist student mates have all used the internet to get published on respected websites (eg: FourFourTwo, Plymouth Argyle FC), and same for us - money is to be made. At the very least it's a fantastic launch pad.
So what a shame arts courses are losing popularity with the men in charge and funding is being cut in various ways. As far as I understand it the government looks at it from the perspective that 1) Other things must take priority economically (public services etc), and 2) that there are too many art courses and not enough jobs to cater to them. Fair enough. but it's a shame that this comes about at a time where there is now a real stage for anyone in an art's world to get noticed, or to make a career. I'm not trying to criticize the government (because whatever they do they will always step on peoples toes) but I do wonder if they see the potential the internet has.