Contemporary paintings in light by Bernd Jansons
berndjansons.com reaches one quarter of a million site hits! Brilliant. Thanks everyone, and keep visiting. Lots more to come.
“Online galleries are drawing visitors in a way their real-world counterparts can only dream about” (Darryn King, SMH Entertainment, Aug 10, 2013). Browsing and buying art online is starting to supplant the traditional art gallery scene to the extent that many ‘bricks-and-mortar’ galleries are now providing a digital alternative. Even Sotherby’s and Christie’s are joining the party according to the article “Outside the Frame”. More …
I can’t help but acknowledge this. In January this year my website reached 100,000 hits. In the six months since then this has doubled to 200,000 hits. Thank you so much everyone for visiting. Next target, one quarter of a million!
According to the Online Oxford Dictionary, a customer is “a person who buys goods or services from a shop or business”. There is a growing and, in my opinion, disturbing trend in Western Government to refer to what traditionally has been a “student” as a “customer”. Clearly, this trend is about making education a “business”. Extrapolating from this, education is something someone has to buy. Incidentally, that something is tending more and more towards a “product” and less a “service” as education becomes obsessed with packaging the acquisition of skills and knowledge into consumable “apps”. The same can be said for health when “patients” become “customers”. This is totally misguided IMHO. In a modern society, people should not have to “buy” an education or “buy” access to health care. Sure, these services cost money, but that money should come from the collective stash called the public purse. What is civilized about only those people with money having access to education and health? Education and health should be free. Students should be students and patients should be patients, not “customers”. And, while we’re on definitions, in a democratic society, politicians are meant to be “servants”, not “masters”.