Andrew (perspectivism) wrote,

More on trends in art/writing/music cultures, searching for real taste-driven explanations rather than focusing solely on philosophical or institutional constraints:

As compared to literary fiction, popular commercial writing tends to be more accessible and more positive/heroic and {several other adjectives} that less-than-jaded writers and readers naturally appreciate as human beings striving and looking to smile more.

As you fall more and more in love with words and structure and nuance and various flavors of authenticity, that original "accessible and positive and {several other adjectives}" palette begins to seem suboptimal. That narrow palette begins to feel limiting as you keep hitting your inner retina with its basic hues.

You crave wilder outside-the-box stuff. Too-dark-for-prime-time, while still aiming at authenticity and greater verbal nuance, is (for some reason) a very natural early step outside that box. I wonder what it is about technique-heavy creative art (including communication skills in any form) that leads down this road so consistently...

General economic/technological prosperity and great information transfer has created a relatively new category of art only in the last 50-100 years: art made specifically for artistic leaders and their students/followers.

This new category became and is an opportunity for many artists' public self-indulgence & prosperity through the creation of art-for-the-savvy-practitioner-of-that-very-art. I bet that David Foster Wallace loves his own books (when he writes them) more than Ian Fleming loved his.

Mostly, this new category of art doesn't affect other people. The category is wonderful, though, for people who love to sample everything that's out there. My own literary and musical and even visual (to a lesser extent) tastes have become more rarified--including the dark and technical, though I prefer "supertechnical and marvelously buoyant" like rave music--throughout my twenties.

I want to say that this is why "good" art has become darker, more technical, all these non-mainstream things: It's economically driven--world prosperity now supports artists who mostly appeal to some other artists and themselves (at least at first)--rather than the dramatic & morally-charged result of some flavor of top-down cultural battle.

The only missing piece is why benevolence/positivity/heroism seems invariably one of the first tones to change as tastes become more skilled.
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