Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Great Regulars: Negativland effectively back

Hyde and Patry when they speak of the way they use the deluge of available material--"pranks, media hoaxes, advert­ising, media literacy, the evolving art of collage, the bizarre banality of suburban existence, creative anticorporate activism in a media-saturated multinational world, file sharing, intellectual property issues, wacky surrealism, evolving notions of art and ownership and law in a digital age, and artistic and humorous observations of mass media and mass culture".

Or, as [Lewis] Hyde puts it: "All of us presently live in a soup of commercially and politically motivated stories, images and music." The only way we can make sense of this soup and avoid drowning is by reprocessing it as our own private narrative or as art.

from Bryan Appleyard: from The Sunday Times: April is the Cruellest Copyright


There have been threats of violence. De Botton has been told he will be beaten up and his guts taken out of him. One email simply said, "You have betrayed Atheism. Go over to the other side and die."

De Botton finds it bewildering, the unexpected appearance in the culture of a tyrannical sect, content to whip up a mob mentality. "To say something along the lines of 'I'm an atheist; I think religions are not all bad' has become a dramatically peculiar thing to say and if you do say it on the internet you will get savage messages calling you a fascist, an idiot or a fool. This is a very odd moment in our culture. Why has this happened?"

from Bryan Appleyard: New Statesman: The God wars


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