File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 139

Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2008 22:00:40 +0000
Subject: [Puptcrit] politics

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

All Art is political.____________________________________________
I totally agree with that, and in fact find it hard to grasp what unbiased literature looks like as opposed to editorializing or persuasive writing.  Even story is persuasive and seeks to express a world view; story, like all art, also unconsciously expresses fundamental assumptions and values and alignment (or lack of) with the surrounding environment.  We usually don't recognize this easily unless it is the product of a different culture or a different time period, we are seeped in our own time and culture-kind of like we don't hear the music of the stars because we have always heard the music of the stars.
As a non-tv watcher (so it is out of my culture, out of my time), when I see one I am overwhelmed with shock and laughter.
One thing I am surprised hasn't been mentioned regarding B&P is the type of political bias that IS acceptable for youth of all ages in any kind of art and every setting.   A narrow definition of patriotism is acceptable/encouraged in our school system and a pro-war show would not be questioned out loud by the most liberal viewers. 
I think having coca-cola machines in a school building is a political act.  

- moynihan
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