thats when I first felt like one of the lads
Like an inbred hillbilly family that hasn't had contact with the outside world since the civil war?One of the strengths of Dissensus is that it's a relatively independent platform that hasn't been fully integrated into the wider social media culture.
It has its own distinct culture.
I think we should try for another listen along, Ive been saying this for years at this point
why does it scare you? what is there to be scared about? make it make sense. explain yourself please.
the politics-minded criticism I see in music reviews, interviews, etc. usually boils down to “your music is bad because it is escapist and therefore complacent with the existing order, my music is good because it takes on important issues like climate change and institutional racism and therefore disrupts the status quo” holly hendon’s career is built on this kind of thinking. here’s an interesting example in writing. in my experience it’s the standard view among highly educated art people.
I’m sure there’s something to this view but I also have doubts. seems to assume that our obligation to fight oppressive systems in life in general encompasses every activity, and that music is always an effective medium through which to advance political causes--both of which I can disagree with without being a horrible person, surely.
it’s doubt of the second assumption in particular that makes it hard for me to take famous communist composers like Cornelius Cardew and Luigi Nono seriously. in blissblogger’s piece on Nono he describes how Nono arranged to play some of his music that dealt with the plight of factor workers directly to said workers, and:
so even when he was able to explicitly present his work to interested non-musician population, they weren’t won over by its messages. Nono weakly adds that he still thinks that, really, they got it. but to put it bluntly, it’s tough for me to imagine an artist failing more completely on the very terms they themselves laid out.
I might have assumed that looking at music from a marxist perspective would entail this sort of thinking. the term agitprop in particular brings it to mind.
but this post stuck with me because it reframes the issue of escapism. I like the identification of a particular kind of middle class escapism based around blocking uncomfortable aspects of reality out, and of how that contrasts with another kind of escapism in which they are acknowledged in some way--maybe in the form of being implicitly turned inside out.
The poptimism thing seems to have hit film in a big way since Marvel took off.Poptimism as a whole is a Blairite and reactionary project (even and especially if its proponents don't realise it) because it papers over the necessary distinction between popular and populist.
god youtube essays especailly the fact that they seem to be so long aswell the video game essay videos are very guilty of thisThe poptimism thing seems to have hit film in a big way since Marvel took off.
I don't think much of the Oscars, but it's a stretch when people get angry that stuff like Spider-Man isn't winning or nominated for Best Picture and citing things like box office as justification.
YouTube's full of video essays analyzing the characters and whatnot too. A great example of a map far in excess of the territory.
Yeah, I've seen more Oscars talk post-slap than I've seen in years. The only thing you normally hear is how shit they were and how the wrong people won.also with the Oscars @version do you remember the weeping and gnashing from DiCaprio fans who were wondering when he was gonna get one? shit considering the talk regarding Will Smith has gone on for 3 weeks now, for all the talk about how shamefull and bad it was it's the best thing to happen to it in a looong time