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The Best Art is Artless and Free

Will Ferrell, Larry Gagosian, More Notables at Art Basel Bash for Christian Marclay – The Daily Beast: “The annual artfest draws Will Ferrell, Larry Gagosian and other notables, as Wendi Murdoch, Dasha Zhukova, Tina Brown, and Credit Suisse throw a dinner for ground-breaking artist Christian Marclay. Lloyd Grove reports on the festivities as buyers and collectors celebrate a rebound in the high-end market.”

There was a time when art represented the labor of someone to create an image or representation of something or someone that otherwise might not have been preserved.

Such are the cave drawings in France, the sculptures of Greece and anything else signified in the sentence above.

This art has as much resemblance to the so-called artfest noted above a Truman Capote party to Michelangelo showing people his Sistine ceiling.

In short as art in the sense I have used the term has become less and less necessary, the sort of production we dignify with the name today has become, like some charity, a high end business whose relation to the original purpose of art is far fetched, to be nice about it.

I am aware there is an order of quality in abstractions, found art and whatever else one does these days. But there is something wrong and the wrongness does not diminish over time.

I have maintained elsewhere that museums are largely passe. I regard movies as the successor medium to art in its original sense. And I take the current efforts of persons like Mr. Marclay to be charming perhaps, even beautiful perhaps, but mostly a function of class, social position and things Thorstein Veblen could have described far better than I.

The exclusivity and false market associated with today’s stuff provides grist for those who earn a living as critics or teachers or marketers. But to me the sign evokes Holden Caulfield responses. I can go out on the street and look about and be more edified by what I see and retain as by most anything now being marketed as art.

As for things that might hang well in a condo, chacque un a son gout.

Notables in art seem to me to be players on a stage not long for this world. Perhaps the field will widen and be less stratified in the future. But I am sure that is not the interest or goal of those who brought off the above.

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Today’s Breaking News

Today’s breaking news notes Mitt Romney’s staying power, Red Tube’s banality and the low esteem in which aesthetics is held,  considers the current state of US online businesses and China, links to a post-automobile street action in Bristol and reprises an exegesis of Bob Dylan’s enjoyable song “I and I”. This is a feature I am trying out. If there is good response I will continue it.

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Of Red Tube and Other Web Excrescences

June 10, 2011
Annals of the Aesthetic
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EBay Continues to Try in China

June 10, 2011
Annals of Business
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Chalking it Up in Bristol

June 10, 2011
Annals of Facebook Grass Roots Revolution
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Parsing Bob’Dylan’s “I and I”

June 10, 2011
Annals of Great Music

 

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Of eBay, China and a Mildred Purse PS

eBay is significant as a large Web business and all such businesses have a stake in viable partnerships related to China. Two of the posts below reference that. The third is in the spirit of Mildred Purse which speaks for itself.

EBay Continues to Try in China

June 10, 2011
Annals of Business
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EBay China

September 15, 2010
eBay Seems Smart. eBay Partnering with China Seems Smart. This Forbes Video Seems Smart. With a brief comment on the wisdom of U.S. China partnership.
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Mildred Purse Won’t Auction Her Ideas on Ebay

March 21, 2011
Mildred Purse is a resident of Beacon Hill, Boston. She is related to the Purses who founded Massachusetts but does not parade the fact. With some reason.

 

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Two YouTube Treasures and a Prognostication

Two YouTube treasures are treasures indeed and the prognostication is just that, a supposition based on fairly obvious tendencies to move in the direction of minimalism, simplicity and on demand.

115 Views is Not Enough for Charles Sanders Peirce

February 17, 2011
So I am publishing this link to a YouTube video where you can get to know the man who never could hold an academic job and otherwise messed up in one way and another but whose life was a continuous trail of genius thrusts.
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A Song and a Picture from Tahir Square on YouTube is Worth a Million Words

February 6, 2011
A song and a picture from Tahir Square on YouTube is worth a million words. Egypt caught it from Tunisia Tunisia caught it from the wind the wind that blew first in Athens and then Jerusalem and now YouTube a picture and a song.
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YouTube Will Sink TV No Doubt – It’s a Choice Thing

September 15, 2010
YouTube Will Sink TV No Doubt – It’s A Choice Thing. A bit of free association related to the fact that the live video audience grew six times plus in the year just past.
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Not Everything About Facebook Comes up Roses

Not everything about Facebook comes up roses. Here are a few posts that suggest what gives me pause about the entity.

Where on Facebook is Julian Assange’s Fundraising Page

February 6, 2011
Where on Facebook Is Julian Assange’s Fundraising Page. I can understand CNN’s reticence in not posting a link to Juliam Assange’s fundraising page on Facebook but how can one find it and be sure it is for real?
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The Skeevy Side of Facebook – Double Tweet

January 26, 2011
Read the comments on the piece referenced below. I think they suggest that Facebook is not entirely what we might wish it to be. They also suggest the fragility of the virtual. And the low mentality in making the virtual primary. We need to build things.
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Goldman is Screwing Around Again This Time with Facebook

January 3, 2011
Goldman Is Screwing Around Again This Time With Facebook – Prose by Stephen C. Rose
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Facebook and Other Biggies Should Pay Users a Share of Ad Revenue

December 26, 2010
Facebook and Other Biggies Should Pay Users A Share of Ad Revenue – Quatrain by Stephen C. Rose
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More Fathoming Facebook

More fathoming of Facebook. I doubt that even with the film about Facebook we are even close to understanding what might lie at the root of Facebook’s power. That rootage lies in the understanding of what creates revolutions. I do not claim to have made this link in any serious way. But my intuition is that it has to do with the role of the middle class in generating democratic revolutions and with Facebook’s ethos in that respect. It would be a supreme irony in today’s killing the middle class environment if the ultimate power in the world was, er, bourgeois power. Or should I say bourgeois conversion with a nod to Leadbelly.

Mildred Purse Wants To Be A Facebook App

March 21, 2011
She is looking into it. Someone has to arbitrate all the nonsense and help young women navigate the slough of despond and such. Mildred Purse is just the ticket.
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Mildred Purse Says Scott Walker and Arianna Huffington Are The Same

March 18, 2011
Mildred gets a tiny micropayment for every view of her sage commentary. She urges you to help by Tweeting and sharing these offerings on Facebook until she becomes a star.
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Writing Futurology

March 6, 2011
Facebook Short Form Writing and The Future. Eventually one can anticipate the following hierarchy – text messages – online writing – ebooks – kindle and similar readers and finally book publishing.
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Retro IPO Glitz

March 4, 2011
Facebook Google and Abba’s Way. This video offers a sort of window on the theme of this post which is a consideration of Abba’s way in terms of Facebook and Google and their respective beginnings and IPOs.

 

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Fathoming Facebook

Fathoming Facebook is a most interesting exercise. Facebook has aspects that make it a vastly more potent entity than anything out there. On the other hand, Facebook points to the most elementary thing. That in today’s world we need to limn the realities of connection that exist that never existed before or that are radically changed, requiring new rules and habits.. Social networking is less and less able to embrace what Facebook may actually be about. The following posts are toes in the water, not yet full fathom five.  That Mark Zuckerberg and Adam Panflick were both products of Exeter is not observed but is of some interest. I give Exeter reasonably high marks in the values (aka no harm) department.

Priceless Shakespeare Worthy Facebook Drama

June 6, 2011
The Treatment Is In The Comments
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Facebook Fine Burson Not so Much

May 12, 2011
Facebook Fine Burson Not So Much. As far as Google having a complaint, come on.
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Why Gibbs is Going to Facebook

April 6, 2011
This is more obvious than silly putty was when it came out.
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Metaphor Metonymy Synedoche and Irony Applied to Facebook

April 6, 2011
The four elements of poetics are metaphor (one thing for another) , metonymy (consistent alias), synedoche (dominant reference) and irony (deflating context).
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