- Capitalism and Alternatives -

not that naughty stuff again.

Posted by: Gee ( si ) on June 24, 1999 at 16:12:15:

In Reply to: No-of commodity fetishism. posted by Red Deathy on June 24, 1999 at 14:42:20:

: 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?!)

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