November 9, 2011
Short essay question
Question on the test was the narrative of western
- No, because it’s hard to distinguish between good and bad
- Yes still relevant, because you still see much of it in today’s movies
- Romanticizing of popular culture into tradition/classic. Ex: classical music as classic, then jazz as
classic, lady gaga will be classic. And classic rock. Contrasts to canon
- Class of audience of high culture and pop culture audience should be important. In today,
elites listen to a lot of popular culture music. And music is more easily broadcasted everywhere
now, you can hear free music everywhere now. In 1800s, less technology
- Who are the elites in today’s society
- Music hearing all the time, concerts aren’t the same. Get bored of it. Maybe this is what makes
classical music more prestigious
- Cultural policy funding – feel like lines are not blurred in cultural policy. Right thing to do.
Become a tradition to fund classical music, to preserve. Prime minister doesn’t want to be
named the one to ‘kill culture’. Don’t see this changing any time soon. --- in the future, funding
might stop because general public won’t feel it is important anymore. Depends how you view
the future will progress
- One feels that lines have never been blurred between popular culture and high culture even
during 19 century. We always have that thstinction in our heads.
- Pattern of funding – funding in 18 century, still funding now.
- U.S. government vs. Canadian government. High culture distinction originated in Boston,
popular culture also originated in America. Popular culture = “American culture”
- Talked about whatever is in the past is classic. Also relates to once artists die, their works
become more valuable. Ex. Elvis, painters, etc.
- See acceptance and blurring in art forms like visual arts, etc.
- High culture has become a social convention – not really appreciating it anymore
- Popular culture uses classical music, classical music uses pop music too. Though, we don’t see it
in symphonies, because of canon.
- Arts that need for funding. Once they try t