"Art has always been a tool to build bridges between people […] – bridge of meaning, sometimes through the expression of the social conflicts between the people on the both sides of a meaningful contradiction. Art has always been a communication protocol to restore the unity of human experience beyond oppression, difference, and conflict.
[…] More than ever, this could be its fundamental role in a culture characterized by fragmentation and potential non-communication of codes, a culture where multiplicity of expressions may in fact undermine sharing. Lack of common meaning could open the way for wide-spread alienation among humans – everybody speaking a different language, built around his or her personalized hypertext. […] Art, increasingly a hybrid expression of virtual and physical materials, may be a fundamental cultural bridge between the Net and the self."
manuel castells @ the internet galaxy
O trecho, na verdade, é do capítulo "Multimedia and the Internet".