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Does the commercialization of culture have a negative impact on the perception of art?

Asked by King_Pariah (11466points) February 18th, 2012

Inspired by Calvin and Hobbes. I kid you not.

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mazingerz88's avatar

Calvin – I dont think so. With so many other things distracting, competing for a kid’s aesthetic attention, any form of art, whether it’s merely pop, couldn’t be such a bad idear…

Hobbs – We tigers need aesthetic once in a while, to numb the pain when we accidentally break a nail.

wundayatta's avatar

Since perception is a value-neutral term, this is a meaningless question. If you want to discuss a negative or positive impact on anything you have to define your terms first, and explain your cultural and artistic norms. Of course, both terms are highly pejorative, so whatever you put into the equation is exactly what you will get back out.

Calvin and Hobbes have done earned themselves an day Under the Orange Tree.

Berserker's avatar

It certainly has an impact. What its nature is, I denno, but starving artists and sawing off your ear might be some slightly good leads. It happened, and it still doth. Still, it’s not obsolete, because good and unique art has always survived, despite reality shows making us buy jars of poop from the contestants. Or perhaps I’ve been sold…TO A BIGGER HOUSE!!

I mean…yeah, I think it can. Commercialization is a big thing and can often affect art, how it gets created and received, or how people see art of all types. Still, I’m pretty sure art wouldn’t exist if so much of it wasn’t done by people who just don’t give a fuck about all that, and just want to do art for fun or to express themselves. Whether it sells or offends or soothes or is considered as art or not and whatever else, there’s still a clear distinction between art or just getting with the program, whatever the original intent of the work. I would say a lot of the impact, in respect to your specifics, is negative though, especially when it comes to the perception of what art is, or should be. Then again I’d have to claim to be able to define what art truly is to say that, and I can’t so…Calvin and Hobbes, FTW!

TexasDude's avatar

A lot of modern and pop artists like Andy Warhol have very effectively addressed or even utilized this.

flutherother's avatar

The medium is the message and the context a work of art appears in does influence how I see it. For example I dislike art used in advertising. In time, when the sales message is no longer important, I may appreciate the art more but I believe that true art is never produced for commercial purpose.

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