|But, like, what IS art, man?|
Let's take my phrased posit of subjectivity, previously commented on the blog, as a given: "I dig Wagner, but it's all just music. None of it exists on some higher plane of art than any other, and to pretend it does is another attempt to impose the subjective values with which you judge music on the entire medium."
The purpose of this rant isn't to argue the point above. If you happen to disagree than that's fine (you idiot), but the issue I want to raise is more normative. Here is we delve deep into my mind and explore the inane pseudo-observations within.
People take this ironic cynicism to an extreme I find unnerving. It's as if there is more pleasure to be gained from hating something that is *subjectively* unpleasant than there is loving something *subjectively* pleasant. The vitriolic criticism flung at so-and-so pop musician is often an emotional step above praising, I don't know, Mumford and Sons or something else people consider hip. That's if some such praise is ever expressed. And so not only are these criticisms harmful because they're often supposedly situated objectively, but they fail to satisfy the part of us that should be filled actually enjoying and considering enjoyable things.
|Baby, baby, baby, ohhhhh|
|I only engage with video games stamped with the iconic gng symbol of approval, for example.|
There's probably more to be said here. Maybe I foolishly yearn for the pre-internet world, where the majority had less-ready access to other people's opinions, en masse. Sure, for video game consumption, you could get an EGM subscription and be brain washed just a bit. But the crowd mentality of the internet and worse, internet communities, had not yet taken hold of us. I suffer symptoms as much as the next man; relying on NYtimes book review for much of what I read or scrolling through Rotten Tomatoes for reviewers I judge as having "valid" taste. And lord knows there's more than a hint of distaste, mentally, when the movie is panned for whatever reason. What on earth could a movie rated "rotten" have to offer me? There's never been a work of art originally panned by critics that had cultural significance, right?
TL;DR: You should try to approach media from a position of positive reception rather than an ironically cynical one, because otherwise you might slowly forfeit your ability to truly enjoy something, say, a video game.
Man this was a weird little foray into my worldview, huh?