The changing role of art in Western society between the 1920’s and present day can be summarized as its perceived ability to incite true change in the way people think diminishing. Between the 1920’s and present day media became much more widespread and easily accessible and therefore monopolized the way people received information and by extension, monopolized the way people’s opinions were formed. Works of art were no longer the primary source of information in regards to political issues and concerns of the world, and no longer were the driving forces behind “changing the way large numbers of people thought and felt about power” (Hughes, n.d.).
Hughes, R. (n.d.). The Shock of the New.