File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 138

Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2008 14:34:05 -0600
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Bread Puppet addition

I'm sure this argument has been advanced before, but it bears  
repetition in the context of this thread.

All Art is political.

It is the job of the artist to be aware of a work's political dimension.

All art is also spiritual, economic, personal, public, imaginative,  
intuitive and literal all at once.
When the artist/creator is unaware of the multiple dimensions of the  
work, it becomes less that it could be.
At worst artistic ignorance causes bad art.

Creating apolitical art is impossible.

Stories require conflict. Conflict is political.

All good art is entertaining.
All entertainment is not art.

I doubt anything done by the BPT is nearly as offensive as 90 % of TV  
commercials, TV News, and advertiser supported pay TV.

Even if you have no TV in your home, your kids will be exposed to it  
unless you live in an Amish type community. American Democracy, in  
theory, requires and informed, educated, and debating public.
Anyone who considers our revolution a success probably has not lived  
here during my lifetime.

In all due respect, the Romeo and Juliet (an intrinsically, purposely  
political work) example is a bit outside/beside the point. Inserting  
text information about urban clan violence would be right in keeping  
with the play.

- moynihan

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