The Privileged Taking Over the Arts
Above is an interesting article from The New Republic which talks about how more and more popular artists are coming from a background of privilege. (And really this could be for any art form.) It is an argument that I can’t help but feel has some merit. That’s not to say that one’s art should be judged from where they came from, as at the end of the day the work is all that matters. However, it may well be another reason why less and less music seems to speak truth to power. I think it is a topic at least worth thinking about. I am only just beginning to think about this topic, and will write more on this at some further point. This article is definitely a worthwhile read.
Hat tip to William Michael Smith
In the above article a woman gets in trouble with the police when she leaves her son in the car for five minutes on a cool day to go into the store. The police only know about this because someone with a camera phone, who clearly wishes they were in the KGB, informed them. The best part of the article is when another mother talks about the odds of a child being harmed left in the car for five minutes vs. driving to the store. People’s threat factors are way off these days. Also, just watch Mad Men to get an idea how our parents grew up. As Terry Gilliam says, “kids bounce.”
How many times has some virulent anti-gay figure turned out to be gay? Is the reason that we claimed to hate totalitarian Communism all those years, and I am referring to the Soviet kind for the moment, because we secretly loved it? Why do we need a secret police when citizens feel that it is their duty to inform on other citizens for things other than serious crimes?
One of the things that I find most disturbing about modern social interaction is how nothing is private anymore. It is one thing if someone wants to disclose their own information online, but we now no longer give people the choice most of the time. From the disgusting world of TMZ to friends checking you into places on facebook without them asking, it is just getting ridiculous. Are we Big Brother?
If there is a flip side positive to any of this it is when people use their electronic devices to speak truth to power and protect their fellow citizens. I am thinking especially of when people take videos of police abuse. If only more people would realize that we’re all in this thing together.