Tag Archives: Lies

Keep Calling It What It Is

Artists, I’m afraid, have blood on their hands. They are as guilty and culpable as any of the worst tyrants in history. Why? Because of the skill and guile with which they complicity constructed the unreality we all now inhabit. … Continue reading

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Changing the World through the Emotional Influence of Art

I read something massively depressing, recently, so I thought I would share it with you (you’ll thank me later).  http://www.alternet.org/media/most-depressing-discovery-about-brain-ever?sc=fb What the article says is that decisions are not made on the basis of facts, but on emotions.  Decisions are … Continue reading

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Explaining Is Different to Describing

There are two distinct approaches to writing, I’ve found.  This applies mostly to writing about ideas, so it encompasses technical authorship as well as most punditry and texts about complex subjects, like economics, philosophy, popular science and so on.  You … Continue reading

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Where Will We Get the Skills?

There was an idiot on the radio, the other morning, as there all too frequently is.  He was a journalist interviewing a guest, talking about the economy.  The hoary old subject of Britain’s decline as artisans, craftspeople and as the … Continue reading

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Misrepresentational Art

Many of our most beloved cultural artefacts are, in fact, fakes and counterfeits.  I don’t mean that they are forgeries.  Forgeries are copies.  These are original works of art, presented as having been created for a given (usually well-publicised) reason … Continue reading

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What They Want You To Think – The Problem of Corporate Patronage

A good friend of mine was watching some re-runs of Lassie programmes from the 1954 to 1959 series.  It is nostalgically thought of as a time of innocence.  We remember that period of time through rose-tinted glasses and recall how … Continue reading

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Because They Think It’s Easy

If you are an artist, I have some terrible news for you.  If you think that writing, drawing, painting, animating, film making or music production take skill, application, years of training and a good deal of creativity and discipline, you’re … Continue reading

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