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in the article): What an embarassment.

Where is there a Moliere to heap well-deserved ridicule on these people?




A very well thought-out position~thanks for giving it so much time.

I agree with most of your points~and certainly that there is some very strange art and music about, often promoted by the academy. But it's important to remember that the

antecedents of this very culture were, ironically, not only outside the academy but often militantly opposed to it (from the Impressionists to the Expressionists, the early modernists, the surrealists, etc., etc.)~and the academy, for many years, repaid them in kind. It was only in the '60s that the universities began to accept and actively promote modernism.

One of the things that has happened since the early 19th century (and this has been noted time and again by cultural historians) is a breakdown in communication and trust between many serious artists and the general public~ partly to do with the deep distrust felt by serious artists for democratic and egalitarian norms that have increasingly defined the cultural and political outlook of the economically most power interest in Western culture. Many artists hated them~they hated liberalism, hated