Letter: Youthful museum visitors shouldn't be sold short

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To the editor,

I would just like to know where and how The Berkshire Eagle has been biased in its coverage of the Berkshire Museum maelstrom. Rebecca Thompson of Pittsfield said in a recent article that the coverage has been "unfair" ("At protest, some in community stand behind Berkshire Museum's planned art sale," The Eagle, Oct. 29). I would like to know where this unfair coverage was. I must have missed it, though I read The Eagle religiously every day.

Heaven help us! Has the day finally come when the children who are our future cannot be brought to a museum to view a piece of art? So boring! But Mom! Where is the computer connection so that I might interact with this "thing" on the wall? You mean we just look at it? Wow. Art is dull. Perhaps when we go to Paris to view the Mona Lisa, we might be able to digitally imprint our likenesses on Mona's face and pretend what it's like to be her.

Do we really expect so little from the young visitors to the Berkshire Museum? Has this smartphone-crazed society lost all its use for the beautiful works of a past generation? Is art history now pass to a society in favor of an interactive world? Can we not teach our youngsters about the beauty of a stroke of paint, the wonder of chiaroscuro, the magic of past traditions and events? Yes! These all can be seen in a magnificent painting.

Isn't learning these things more valuable than the next tweet or Snapchat or whatever the latest attention-grabber is?

Amy Renak,

Pittsfield



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