Re: Postmoderinism : Revised quick guide

Subject: Re: Postmoderinism : Revised quick guide
From: Ryan Supak (
Date: Wed Oct 05 2005 - 13:25:55 EDT

I don't think it's best to cast all "extremely personal" art into the
category "masturbatory". I think that characterization is disingenuous,
since it does an intellectual sleight-of-hand; a negative connotation is
flatly placed on the activity without actually having to justify it.

That being said, I can think of one disadvantage of "doing art" to please
others: in my opinion it can make art less personal and less sincere.

I think human nature is such that people will often alter their behavior
based on a positive or negative reaction from others. So, it's not hard to
imagine a scenario in which a person's mode of artistic expression is
gradually shaped by a crowd's response.

Before long, sometimes, the artist is not working with their "true voice"
anymore, they're working with a set of tricks developed to please their


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