Re: All the Arts (and anything else) blog thread
posted at 12/26/2013 12:55 PM EST
In response to yogafriend's comment:
Well, the issue really isn't art vs. pop culture, but the idea that the two are inextricably linked, fused, and inseparable in this day and age. As a society, we have fusion everywhere, not just in cuisine. :)
Look at what is discussed as "politics" -- what a reality person (I hesitate to call him a star) says is now elevated to "politics" and thousands of people get involved caring what a professed redneck says about gay marriage, in a magazine they never read (note: When Tom Brady has "graced" the cover of GQ, some people can't make fun of him fast enough ...). So really, "pop culture" has invaded politics, history, biology, education, even medicine (some people think they know more than the people who go to medical school for crying out loud because they use WebMD, and while it's an excellent resource, it's not a one for one for a medical degree). The dividing line is becoming indistinguishable. The idea of "credible" news sources has flown out the window.
ETA: The real problem isn't the debate between what constitutes the *purity* of one topic "vs" pop culture, (as in art, education, politics, even yoga ...) it is that the alarm bell rings as loud and the reaction is even stronger since the popular culture invasion has become the norm in our society. The "which is which" gap is one thing, but the lack of a weight system (the response is just as loud, if not louder) in terms of importance and intensity of the response, is quite another, IMO.
OKAY. Another year, we will have other threads to toss this around. I have to run a few errands right now ...hahah.
Zilla, you are an engaging person, yes, you do make me laugh, I don't always agree with you, but I understand where you're coming from much of the time. Your taste and knowledge of music, your stories of how you got so involved in rock music: awesome fun to read.
I do like what you said recently re: reading being the ultimate form of relaxation. I feel this way, too, esp. on a cold winter afternoon. E-readers have a place in our world, for sure, but I think it was Matty who said that when he/we read, it really is the time to "unplug" because that is part of getting engaged in a book. I love my computer, I read and learn online every day -- but there is a time to get offline for the full use of one's mind and attention span.
No matter what we discuss in this form, what I value is the insight and fairness in the discussions, and while we are few in number, it's a testament to quality over quantity.
To all my Music Forum friends, all my best for the holidays. Namaste.
Thank you, and I agree with you 100% on this issue. Even my friend jesseyeric knows that we can all say that we disagree on various topics (Cheap Trick) and still be in full agreement on others. I enjoy the opinions of all of you!!! And while we all have differences of opinon , I can speak frankly of things here, knowing full well that most of you know that I can be serious and joking in the same thread ( some times in the same sentence!).
Sometimes my ranting posts are done as serious outrage, sometimes they are very tongue in cheek, sometimes a little of both.....I'll let you decide.
I don't believe I've ever been called an "engaging" person, but I think that I like that....most times I am only engaging to myself, which might make some people very happy. The "quality" and "quantity" of our discussions varies, but it is always better than staring at the wall while I have my lunch.