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Matthias-Christian Ott ott at
Sun Feb 10 15:03:45 UTC 2008

Alex Hudson <home at> wrote:

> On Sun, 2008-02-10 at 00:15 +0100, Matthias-Christian Ott wrote:
> > Alex Hudson <home at> wrote:
> > > It's elitist because you're saying art produced and not given away is
> > > worth less than art given away.
> > 
> > I don't understand what you mean. Search Wikipedia for culture industry
> > to get an idea of what it means. That's all I have to say.
> I'm aware of the theory of cultural industry, I just think it completely
> misses the point. 
> It's fine to evaluate art on an intellectual level, and much art has
> important things to say about the world we live in. However, that's not
> the only thing which makes art worthwhile, and "culture industry" theory
> neglects many of the roles of popular art: for example, a film could be
> hugely entertaining - like "Pirates of the Carribean" - but because it's
> mass-produced and has nothing intellectually to say, it's worthless art?
> That's complete nonsense.

You have to examine and take in account the philosophical and
psychological background and you will recognise that it's not complete

But of course there's not this holy unique truth.

> Cheers,
> Alex.


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