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"We live in a culture dominated by pixels, increasingly unmoored from corpor-eal reality. Movies are stuffed with CGI and, in such "performance animation" films as "Beowulf," overwhelmed by them. Some big pop-music hits are so cyberized the singer might as well be telling you to press 1 if you know your party's exten-sion. Even sculpture has adopted digital "rapid prototyping" technology that allows whatever a programmer can imagine to be translated into 3-D objects in plastic. Why should photography be any different? Why shouldn't it give in to the digital temptation to make every landscape shot look like the most absolutely beautiful scener
Wikipedia, like deviantART, is run mostly by volunteers, who contribute both because they enjoy doing so and because they believe in its mission. But, of course, there has to be someone to power the servers, hire legal counsel, and act as a final arbitrator in disputes. So Wikipedia is run by the Wikimedia Foundation, which is chairmaned by Jimmy Wales, while dA has a CEO, Angelo Sotira.
Sotira, as anyone who researches dA's history will quickly find out, is far from universally popular. Allegations of misuse of power are made about him; his detractors say he is overbearing. Additionally, they claim that he inflated his own role as one of th