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Pondering the Paradoxes of ‘Art as Work’

Fascinating and mostly spot-on article by AO Scott in the New York Times today about “The Paradox of Art as Work,” or what I like to call Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction. I like the film critic’s broad cultural references, especially Gillian Welch. I am particularly mulling over this sentence: “The idea that everyone can be an artist — making stuff that can be shared, traded or sold to a self-selecting audience of fellow creators — sits awkwardly alongside the self-contradictory dream that everyone can be a star.” I think I disagree with the predicate: These may be antagonistic and possibly even revolutionary notions, not complementary ones. This is actually a topic I devoted independent study to at USC, under Henry Jenkins, and may well take up again. What do you think: Is the idea that everyone can be an artist akin to the idea that everyone can be a star?

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Criticism is dead. Long live criticism!

I’m very sad that At the Movies, the film-criticism show featuring the Chicago Tribune‘s delightful Michael Phillips and great New York Times scribe AO Scott, is on the chopping block. But at least it occasioned a thoughtful essay by Scott on the Chicken Little state of affairs for arts criticism. And at least they both still have their day jobs.

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