I would venture to say everyone attending this conference realizes that we are living – have been living – in a time of incredible technological change, and this change is having a transformative effect on the way we make our art. We are boldly engaging new working methodologies, discovering new ways of interacting with our tools (accompanied by a mind-expanding explosion of the concept of a tool), and we are freely able to traverse the broad realms of image/sound/data, bringing forth wondrous new artistic forms and creating astounding new aesthetic paradigms. We can do it all! We have The Power! But is our art really changing anything? I’d like to address this question, with an eye towards the mechanisms that do effect “change” (and I’ll make some decided assumptions about what that change should be). These mechanisms seem often ignored in our rush to become the most meta-techno-savviest people of them all. What have we gained?