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Technology and media-should counterculture be primitive or cutting edge?(need to elaborate)
Journalism & Communication
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Name Class Professor Date There exists a myth that artistry is synonymous with poverty. This myth reflects the popular dilemma that the sheer pursuit of art equates to poverty due to the absence of commercial exchange that would enable the artist to be creative and make a living.
It assumes that one has to give up something in order to gain another. In this case, for the artist to continue his or her work, he or she has to give up the creative independence and submit to the dictates of corporate hegemony where art lacks the originality and virtuosity that ideally characterizes art but rather seeks for mainstream validation that would make it profitable thus reducing art as a mere business endeavor. Kurt Andersen made an insigthful analysis in his thought provoking article in Vanity Fair on how business corrupts art. He argued that the contemporary artistic phenomenon and those crafted twenty years ago were basically the same in consonance to the commercial art maxim that there is nothing new or original in this universe except the artistic capacity of packaging and delivering old ideas in new forms and formats. Andersen further argued that “Lady Gaga has replaced Madonna, Adele has replaced Mariah Carey- both distinctions without a real difference… (Andersen 2).” Art then as treated by mainstream media with its corporate funding is gauge not by its “soul” or social and artistic relevance and value, but rather on its economic value. Taking these arguments at its face value, it seems that these are extreme positions about art where nobody wins. ...
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