Volume 22, Issue 2, 2021

COVID-19 Pandemic and Media

Junichiro Inutsuka
Pages 99-118

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Media
Re-questioning Art as a Medium

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the reality of the world, revealing the contradictions within society that we have pretended not to see. Although measures are urgent, it is also clear that we must reconsider the meaning and form of this new society in its essence. A remarkable aspect has been the rapid digitalization of various sectors of society. We are already aware that information technology is not merely a means for, but also a representation of the changes in the structure of society as well as in humanity. What we should demand is not only a means for digitalization but also a meaning and direction for it, and to ensure that a public forum exists to resolve questions regarding meaning and direction within the society and community. Art is a symbol of the human activity of re-questioning the depths of reality in which one is involved, making hypotheses for the future, and asking the community about it. However, art itself is also undergoing a crisis. I would like to set a framework for grasping this situation to reconsider the issue of art as a medium responsible for publicness.