Monday, January 24, 2011
First person: "I really like [artist x]/[artwork y]." Second person, without waiting or digging for elaboration, conversation, etc.: "Really? Wow, I just lost so much respect for you." I disdain this general pattern of behavior (and I also disdain it whenever I notice something like it in my own actions). Taste, inasmuch as it acts as a meaningful social bond as well as lubricant, should never be confined to a checklist of proper likes/dislikes. This otherwise transforms culture into a mathematical game, hemmed in on all sides by the finitude of combinations. What could be more boring, more deadening than this? And, more, what could slot more neatly into a bureaucratic, niche-marketed society?