Roger Scruton, the public philosopher and conservative commentator, writes in Aeon magazine, a provocative digital magazine of ideas and culture, how fake ideas, fake criticism and fake emotions have come to dominate public conversation and marginalize thoughtful appreciation of beauty, truth and honest debate. His initial concern is about the collusion of...
...his message was a sound one: the "chance music" made of the sounds of the concert hall was worth a listen. These are examples, I admit, but they are intended to convey that not everything we reject as outrageous today, is "faking it". Later generations may be better able to judge given time for the artists' and composers' ideas to "resonate" (pun intended).
Here's a resolution for one and all as we slide down the fiscal cliff (or not): Beware of fakery in popular places. Fakery, particularly in the culture both high and low, bubbles up from the media, affecting the way we see everything -- even, for example, politics.
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