Link between the GHC and FW/LW

The Gartner Hype Cycle and the idea of First Word and Last Word art seem to be closely related, and I believe there is an important relationship between them that help us to understand how new technology will affect us in a rapidly evolving society.

Technology that is between the Peak and the Trough of Disillusionment is at an important point in its development. At this stage, devices are being produced in large quantities and will soon be put into practical use, but may still feel alien, futuristic, or frightening. Many will feel unsure about what will happen once we adopt and eventually become dependent upon it. This is where the connection between the GHC and FW/LW art happens: art that uses the new technology as an expressive medium not only discovers new ways to create (this art being First Word art), but also explores the effects that the new technology will have on our culture before it is blindly adopted.

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