2770Re: Dumbing down...
- Apr 1, 1999Alon Namdar wrote:
> >Yes, that confrontational part can be terribleIt is true that a large part of the outer experiences of art have some
> I think you guys should stop moaning because if society
> would all start one day listening to *other* music it wont
> be so *other* anymore - it would loose its definition, its
> exclusivity and the cultural conditions under which that it
> was made ...
kind of relation(s) to what happens at the inside, but I�m not so sure
it�s just a matter of simple dialectics (the one exists as the
"opposite" of the other, and if the one goes away the other one would
also disappear). If we all became pacifists, would the concept of
violence then die?
In any case, these things go both ways, so if what you call the "other"
music would disappear, it would probably affect what happens on the
"inside", too. And if what is on the outside becomes assimilated with
the inside, things, hopefully, deterritorialize and something different
is created. (btw, is it really so easy to split the "cultural conditions
under which something was made" and the something that was made into an
absolute cause and effect?)
Besides, people have every right to moan about ignorance, not least when
it comes to almost being "attacked" by it in a very direct manner (of
course, not understanding, or not *trying* to understand, why someone is
offended by other people�s aesthetic preferences is also a kind of
ignorance, but a weaker one). Being accused of "freakishness" is the way
of (one) world, I guess (the executive of all the movie theaters in Oslo
defended her rejection to show David Cronenberg�s "Crash" with something
to the extent of "this movie is only interesting for perverts and
psychiatrists"), but, if a moment of serious pretentiousness is allowed
[ironic gesture sponsored by the 90�s], this is just as much, or more,
about ethics as it is about aesthetics.
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