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Metal is Entertainment

Re: Metal is Entertainment
May 04, 2009, 05:24:20 PM
Perhaps it ought be discussed whether all Art is good Art.

Art is a method. It has two aims:

(a) Show, not tell, how things are;
(b) Make it fun to investigate moral reality.

It's easier for us to understand a situation when we see it from the perspective of fellow human rodents, not dry philosophical texts. And we're more likely to read a story or hear a song than read something philosophical. Art is the wonderfully irrational, the emotional and aesthetic, and that's its enduring power: we get a gestalt of many linear thoughts at once, and can learn greatly from it.

Is all art good? No, art is a method. I can make art encouraging stupid, destructive things (like Ayn Rand, Toni Morrison, Chuck Palahuniak, Phillip Roth, Robert Heinlein, Jodi Piccoult, Stephanie Meyer, the list is endless) or I can make art encouraging us to rise above ourselves, seize life by the balls, and create a morality of more, better, faster, more complex, rising health -- like William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, William Blake, Michel Houellebecq, Louis Celine, and others.
ASBO

“Kurt Cobain was, ladies and gentlemen, a worthless shred of human debris.” - Rush Limbaugh

Re: Metal is Entertainment
May 07, 2009, 07:36:08 AM
But then, by that definition, some Art is good, and some Art is bad, not in its craftsmanship or form, but in the goals of the creator.

Re: Metal is Entertainment
May 07, 2009, 08:02:24 AM
Whether or not participating in a logical or collective consensus, an individual must make a personal decision between the good and the bad, or the useful and the useless, in order to have meaningful and consistent action. Applies to "art", "lifestyle", "politics", what have you. To take the point further, a collective also needs a similar decision in order to proceed intentionally.

Re: Metal is Entertainment
May 12, 2009, 04:29:20 AM
But then, by that definition, some Art is good, and some Art is bad, not in its craftsmanship or form, but in the goals of the creator.

It's both craftmanship and goals.

Goals determine content.

Then there's the question of how elegantly that is expressed.

Generally, at that point in a personal evolution, the artist understands the beauty of art outside its utility as a means toward an end, and the two meld. Form and function. Content and form. Metaphor and reality.
ASBO

“Kurt Cobain was, ladies and gentlemen, a worthless shred of human debris.” - Rush Limbaugh