I never even looked at the situation in that light. I have my artwork set up in a gallery style of my apartment, and i also have images of my work on social websites. However, when people come over they LOVE my work, or even though they may have seen it online, they react completely different when they see it in real life. So i really do agree with the whole idea that the impact that art creates changes when the art work can be produced endlessly. It takes away the meaning. I can also relate that to the Mona Lisa. We have all seen reproductions of the mona lisa a billion times, however, i know that seeing it in person would have a much deeper meaning to it. Even with going to the museum. Its a hassle of actually going to the museum. but once you get there, works of art have an aura. You can see the brush strokes, you can see the dedication to the piece, you can feel the effort, you can see how big the piece actually is. With print-out of the images ALL of that is lost.
I personally was having trouble making my paintings look “finished” and for a while i did not understand why my paintings were not looking “finished” and it was because the paintings i were looking at were not actual paintings. They were printed on canvas and stretched. The images were so flat, because of mechanical reproduction. If i stayed looking towards that standard, i would never feel as if i created anything “worth selling” because i was creating it by hand, and most society who “think” they appreciate art, and are used to only seeing printed handouts of paintings, believe that is what art is, and it really is not. It is just a representation of something greater.