Seth Godin posted a blog entry titled Bad Poetry over the weekend, where he relates the lack of an entry barrier to the quantity of the quality of art that is produced.
There is a distinct parallel in photography. Digital cameras are everywhere. They are in our computers, in our phones. And they are cheap to buy, and cheap to operate. No film costs, no processing costs. There are effectively no barriers to entering the world of photography, and no restriction on using the title of “photographer”.
The result, similar to that described by Godin, is that there is an abundance of bad art out there from folks calling themselves artists and photographers. However, there is also a lot of really good art out there, too, much of which would not have been created had these barriers still been in place.
Find out more about Seth Godin on his blog.