In an interview a former professor of an academy remarked about his students that he had noticed a distinctive lack of general knowledge and the disability to write correctly. Based on my personal experience I tend to agree to a certain extent. Even in the media you will notice the odd grammatical or spelling mistakes. You may stumble over unknown obstacles if you rely on your spell checker too much.
In his interview the professor bemoans the use of technology as a substitute for real knowledge. We probably all tend to believe the internet blindly. There is a certain danger in that any plausible statement may be spread without questioning.
In a newsletter which I recently received the professor is quoted as saying ” …Students do no longer understand the vocabulary of the academy. Students are changing, drifting towards the modern media, towards beat, towards computers, and mobile phones. They no longer grasp the desperation and the ruinous nature of art. They want their share of modern times and fail to see real art… “ PS unfortunately I was unable to find the interview with the controversial German artist Markus Luepertz on Google.
In another statement I noticed the same professor complaining about the tendency in modern art to shock and provoke. Personally I am hoping that one day painters will return to the old virtues. Just like the old masters took years to learn their skills modern artists should base their compositions on a firm understanding of their trade. Of course it will then take days or weeks to complete a painting rather than minutes or a few hours.
By the way Gerhard Richter also appears to be reconsidering his position on art.