Can the advances of technology destroy classic processes? No, did everyone stop using desktops when laptops were invented? People tend to lean towards whatever is more convenient, but not everyone gets rid of the old for the new. For example, Instagram is very accessible to the average joe because all you need is a phone, unlike analog photography where one would need a camera, film, paper, and a darkroom. However, there are many photographers who still use analog photography as there primary media, and have instagram accounts. Personally I think analog photography is much more interesting because you have a lot more control of your final product.
I think instagram is a positive contribution to the arts. Instagram allows photographers to share their photos to a huge range of people. Most of the people that I am referring to, take amateur photos and as a result they are more impressed with the experienced photographers work. Instagram pushes the envelope for people who have never had an interest in photography. Making them more likely to visit art galleries, exhibits, etc, because of what instagram has exposed them too. On the contrary, you don’t see as many people purchasing Kodak cameras anymore. I just recently bought a Kodak camera, but now it is hard to find someone who develops the film for them (hint: not easily accessible). I wanted that nostalgia back in my life, and I am sure that I am not the only person.