Originally posted by darryl comix:
(to Pat: )
Opinions, nothing more. you're the one making ridiculous value judgements that are 100% opinion and nothing else.
I never told anybody what art to like; all I've said is that certain art styles DO appeal to a great many people. If those people are not yourself, fine.
I do believe there are a finite number of "gatekeepers" of what is seen on the network and major cable channels, and they're interested in financial return. Radio has FEWER "gatekeepers" and damn few radio stations have the ability to choose the music that personally like to play for the people listening.
This certainly doesn't limit the people from choosing their own entertainment.
But for the mass media, the mass market, there ARE "gatekeepers". Many times people do not realize why LINKIN PARK or some other group gets airplay.
Unless you have known a band that couldn't get a live gig in a town to save their lives.
Maybe you DO know. I don't care.
Point is, the people that produce such things as magazines and TV shows and Radio end up reporting to the real "gatekeepers" and fewer and fewer decisions are made on any sense of "beauty" or "ugly". This frustrates people who do have an outdated version of what is beauty and what is ugly.
Hell, the funniest thing I saw last year was a fight between two art directors argueing over which font to use on a particular project. Both were willing to go to the mat, and it nearly came to blows.
Because of beauty? Financial beauty, most likely. "Which one would the audience most like to see?" To choose one implies the other was "ugly". Both widely used fonts, too!
In recent years, making money showing the ugly side of life has been a trend. Ugly also applies to subject matter as well. I know people who actively avoid some TV shows (not TV in general - that's a different argument) because the TV show would show "gross" things. Subjective rejection.(The edible portions of "Fear Factor" come to mind)
But there are those gatekeepers that cater to the common denominator. They do try to keep up on the latest trends, and even hire young people to figure out what the latest trend is, so they can copy and/or broadcast it, thus making money, even as their programming sets the trends they are following. Very cynical, eh?
Rap was not mainstream when it first came out. Rap was counter-culture in nature. But then, so were many musical styles.
Eventually, it's not art. It's business.
If enough people care about any art, it becomes a business.