Combs Spouts Off

"It's my opinion and it's very true."

  • Calendar

    May 2024
    S M T W T F S
  • Recent Posts

  • Tag Cloud

  • Archives

Why serious culture no longer matters

Posted by Richard on June 19, 2005

Aeon J. Skoble at Liberty and Power makes some interesting points about serious culture and middle-class America, prompted by a David Brooks piece in the NY Times on why culture matters less than it did.

Skoble explores two reasons: (1) the rise of relativism; and, (2) the "abdication" of artists and intellectuals, who have made what they do irrelevant and inaccessible.

Pretty much all of what is now classified as great literature was once also popular: from Sophocles to Shakespeare to Jane Austen to Hemingway. Now the highbrows sneer at “airport novels” or “genre fiction,” while the virtually-redundant category “literary fiction” has become the home for highbrow stuff that the middle class doesn’t read – is it because they’re too stupid now, or is it because the “serious” authors write inaccessibly?

Interesting thoughts. Take a look.

Subscribe To Site:

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.