Thursday, January 16, 2014

a couple of polemics about not doing what you love and about classical music and the weakness of neoliberalism

Miya Tokumitsu declares that elites embrace "do what you love" and that it is a reflection of power and privilege.

The piece is adapted to Slate from Jacobin, at which you can also find all sorts of polemics such as this one by John Halle, "The Last Symphony"
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2013/11/the-end-of-classical-music/
... What is needed to make sense of present circumstances is not Adorno, but rather his successor Pierre Bourdieu who argued that the high arts have historically fulfilled a crucial legitimating function for the bourgeoisie. Disparities in wealth and privilege have been justified, or at least tolerated, insofar as those benefitting from them are seen as fulfilling a necessary role in preserving artistic and cultural traditions of unquestioned sophistication, subtlety and refinement.

Halle writes a few polemical observations about neoliberalism being inimical to cultivated art and mentions that in our time and place the wealthy have jettisoned any pretense of what was once known as noblisse oblige.  Which, apropos of a polemic in Jacobin about why classical music is something of a bulwark against unfettered evils of capital, seems like an excuse to link to my own semi-cheeky piece about Batman as the ideal one-percenter in Batman: the animated series.

Because, why not?


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