I haven't read much of these recent threads because people continue
to ignore the commons sense and common courtesy of deleting before
replying. So this might have been mentioned before but was lost in
Text: Barthes wrote a germinal essay on replacing "work" of art with
"text" for conceptual purposes. This was the start of using that
term in critical analysis. Many writers here seem unaware of why
this was, at least according to Barthes and subsequently many others,
a very useful distinction.
Elitism. Some contributors seem to think that knowledge and art
appreciation is a zero sum game. You can't appreciate both Dude and
Kane; one has to trump or displace the other. But why? Isn't
development of any human capacity based on growth, not on simple
replacement. As an adult you don't have to give up the sense of
delight or wonder or fun or excitement that you first felt as a child
with a sugar treat, or a balloon, or a nursery rhyme. You might just
add a taste for sushi, or sculpture, or Schoenberg.
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