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Comment author: Epictetus 25 February 2015 07:57:44PM 3 points [-]

"More" and "faster" are not words commonly associated with quality art. Great art often takes years to produce. Technology may have been a limitation in architecture where a massive cathedral could take centuries to build, but on the scale of music or literature technological limitations were the minor hurdles. Computers certainly help things get published faster, but actually writing literature requires lots of thinking that really isn't facilitated by technology.

Comment author: Nornagest 25 February 2015 10:09:51PM *  3 points [-]

I'm not sure I agree. Many of history's best artists were extremely productive; Bach, for example, wrote over a thousand pieces.

Traditional sculpture and architecture could take years (or even decades, in the case of cathedrals) to complete, but that has more to do with the medium than anything inherent to great art. A mediocre marble sculpture doesn't take much less time than a good one, technology being equal.