Some people claim that public museums and art galleries will not be needed because people can see historical objects and works of art by using a computer. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
With the rise of information technology, some commentators believe the Internet will replace museums and art exhibitions since all exhibits are available via websites. I disagree with this point of view for the following reasons.
On the one hand, there are two main points why people choose to surf the net to access historical objects and works of art. Firstly, the Internet is free and extremely accessible. For instance, even a person who does not have internet access at home can browse the contents of museums worldwide in cafes and libraries. Secondly, online museums and exhibitions offer customers many different services that before could only be accessed by actually visiting the institution. Furthermore, online museums and art galleries are open for business 24 hours a day/365 days a year.
On the other hand, visiting museums and exhibitions are, in my view, a crucial and indispensable part of society. We can argue that museums are, in fact, repositories of a cultures memory. Clearly, visiting such institutions offers the visitor a first hand experience which is more unique than any virtual experience on a computer. In other words, an online-based visit to an artifact cannot replace the experience of personally observing the objects. For example, one only has to visit the Louvre in Paris to see the crowds of people admiring Leonardo’s Mona Lisa to understand the power of history and art.
To sum up, even though online-based information is a convenient way to learn about historical works and objects, museums and exhibitions are still important for real experiences and are irreplaceable in terms of a nations cultural memories.
By Dr Rob Burton
Exhibits (noun) Something exhibited: Each exhibit in the show took hours to assemble.
surf the net (idiom) To browse the various content of the Internet.
With the ubiquity of affordable smartphones and computers, everyone from seniors to preschoolers is able to surf the net these days.
I just worry that he spends too much time surfing the net alone instead of hanging out with other kids his age.
browse (idiom) To casually or quickly look over something.
Just browse over the pamphlet—you don't have to read it word for word.
open for business (idiom) Currently operational and accepting business from clients.
We had a few setbacks with city regulators, but our new store is finally open for business!
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