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Lack of audience kills quality art

Lack of audience kills quality art
January 10, 2012, 07:50:31 AM
Persky’s concern? A decline in serious reading that’s coinciding with a worldwide fascination with touch screen games, YouTube trivia and Facebook updates.

Reading isn’t just a pastime for Persky. He writes, the “social purpose of reading books is to become a more effective participant in creating a better world” and that certain books (none of them tracking the adventures of teenage wizards or vampires) “can provide a sufficiently sustained reading experience that makes possible informed engagement with the political, cultural, and moral issues of our time.” Without reading, then? Perhaps the grim future of Idiocracy.

Acknowledging there’s been a remarkable technological revolution in communication since the 1980s, Persky also asserts that research “indicates there’s been a gradual, slow decline in reading and knowledge skills since 1975. I haven’t seen any books challenging the data. I take the decline in reading and reading competence to be a symptom of the condition of encroaching ignorance.”


This same thing has happened to metal.

Your average indie kid now thinks he's into "metal," so he goes off to buy Gojira, Devon Townsend, Isis, Mastodon, Om, Sunn o(((, etc. Hipster bands that are more indie than they are metal.

As a result, no one of great stature wants to make metal. There's no vector for a better band to rise above a trendier one.

Re: Lack of audience kills quality art
January 10, 2012, 07:54:20 AM
Perhaps the new wave of Metal will come from a new united underground moment helped my the internet. With technology getting better and better, it's much easier to get the recording equipment to produce a simple metal demo. The next metal classics will have to come from those creating metal as just a hobby.

Glam metal died... Grunge and Nu Metal died... Metalcore and Deathcore are dying... Indie Metal will eventually die.

Re: Lack of audience kills quality art
January 11, 2012, 04:26:13 AM
Interesting question. Supposing someone today wrote music that wholly resembled Bach or any of the great masters in form and spirit, would it cease to have meaning based on the inability of moderns to comprehend it? Or does audience popularity not apply to immortal music?

Re: Lack of audience kills quality art
January 16, 2012, 07:48:42 AM
 All the best art was traditionally funded if you will by royalty or the aristocracy. Thus the artist was held to a higher standard. While all may have been able to attend the symphony or walk through the cistine chapel, it was the nobility and royalty whom paid the bills. Since the reversal of that order, the peasants have the dime and thus the art is held to their standards. If any recognizeable standard exists in their minds at all is the subject of debate. I believe it is less about the lack of audience, but the audience which flips the bill so to speak. Composer holst was correct when he said art is made for the aristocrats and only shown publicly so that they may find each other.

Re: Lack of audience kills quality art
January 16, 2012, 08:50:47 AM
Not only did they pay the bills, they also brought up scions who appreciated true art. At least that was their duty.

Re: Lack of audience kills quality art
January 16, 2012, 09:57:06 AM
Who are you to tell me that getting 5 abortions and hanging the remains in a bag above an exhibit is not quality art!