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I’ll think a little more about punk and disco first.
Richard Dyer wrote his paper In Defense of Disco in 1979
He argued against the characterisation of disco as ‘capitalist music’
…by saying that all music is inherently capitalist.
And he also spoke in defence of the‘ambivalently, ambiguously, contradictorily – positive qualities of disco’
For Dyer, the three keycharacteristics of disco are:- eroticism romanticism materialism
Central to this is a desire to escape themundanity of life, the culture of work, of the office, of the boring job.
‘Disco is part of the wider to and fro between work and leisure, alienation andescape, boredom and enjoyment that we are so accustomed to (and which Saturday Night Fever plugs into so effectively)’
‘disco can’t change the world or makethe revolution. No art can do that, and it’s pointless to expect it to.’
Although I will admit that Facebook is relatively “light”.
There are also occasionally some good examples of intelligent debate...
For example, I posted this on both Facebook and Twitter:
“I actually hate opera. Opera, poetry and jazz. Theyre all about 90% pointless.”
Twitter didn’t respond.But Facebook went crazy.
“Agreed. But that 10% that is awesome kind of makes it worth it... almost.”
“Pointless is a bit harsh just cos you dont likeem... Found myself accidentally diggin John Coltrane the other day.... Me!!! Jazz! I was highly surprised! as you can imagine! :D”
I must protest at your insistence ofpointlessness. Perhaps another description?;By that benchmark you would have to acceptit if someone said 90% of all art or academic research is pointless.... xx
“Philistine! - Jazz is nice, Opera is a vision in sound and Poetry is life”
“I think saying 90% of something that has involved a great amount of creative energy is valid, whetheryou like the results of the creative process is anothermatter but to render it pointless is quite insulting to the creative process itself. Im not picking an argument, Im just surprised at your statement, coming from you! “
“Opera is exclusive, jazz is indulgent, but POETRY! come on... poetry is ace -democratic, accessible, world-changing...”
“And scratching records is abetter art form? Wow. Couldnt disagree more. Without poetry, there would be no music.”
“I would have thought someone in your position would have an appreciation for all art forms? Strange...”
“I know - but honestly, can anyone have a genuine appreciation for ALL artforms - including the mediocre -say, amateur watercolour, Olly Murs, Bernard Manning, Millsand Boon, etc. Whats more, unpick the notion of pointless and perhaps it means it may be appreciated by some, but it makes no point i.e. it is inherently conservative and apolitical - which is why she is 100% wrong about poetry - which is perhaps the most political artform as it emanates from and impacts upon language itself...”
“i see it like this.. you have to develop an appreciation for opera andclassical music, jazz, prose, pop, rock and so on equally.. because withoutsay mozart or mahler or rachmaninov you wouldnt have bizet or puccini -without keats you wouldnt have shelley.. and where would we be without ella or brubeck or queen or the beatles even?.. everything is linked and has evolved to what we have today - a headonistic clash of culturalsounds and rhythms and harmonies that both delight and annoy and yethelp to make.. well.. music.. and without those sounds in my life.. i would consider it to be very dull indeed.”
“Ah well. Opinions are likearseholes.... Weve all got one!”