Philosophy of the Arts


Mass art as an epi-phenomenon

Mass art (television), and cartoons, etc. are a mere epi-phenomenon of art. In regard to mass art the core consideration is the freedom of expression and where it meets the others’ rights not to be offended. Mass art is an epi-phenomenon of art because it addresses particular people, singled out not by the characteristics of the work but by political or other motivation. In contrast, art’s autonomy is the real McCoy.

In art, consistency and logic, persistence in the treatment of material is the core value. In art, not the freedom of expression, but the autonomy of art is at stake—no individual people are supposed to feel offended by art, because no individuals are addressed by. Art is a cultural practice in a moral world, listening to art internal constraints only.

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