: Or rather, what is usually fretted about is that art is commodified, and loses its staus of 'excess'
and undeserved status. Whay constitutes excess being subjective it seems.
: one commodity is infinitely exchangeable with another (a Book of Poetry costs as much as a babylon five (fascist rubbish) video.
Good isnt it, I can have a book of poetry for a couple of hours unrelated work. Incidently lots of poetry is rubbish too, I so disliked the "oh no a machine, cant we go back to my fantasy of that which never happened natural life" poetry of Wordsworth et al.
: Such 'High-Art' is itself usually a reaction to commodification, a deliberate attemp to produce 'unpopular' art,
It succeeds in bounds. Or does it - it does get financial reward, sometimes 'the people' are forced to pay for it via grants to the various arts councils and opera houses.
: that cannot find a purchase in the market,
Again much of it fails as pretentious non-workin high society, movie stars and idiots snap up blackened canvasses for goodness knows how much. (maybe theyre not idiots if they plan to sell on to one?!)