Tag Archives: Propaganda

Moving the Overton Window

We all look through it, but like glass, we don’t see it. We don’t even see the width of the frame or how it is centred, but it constrains what we see and how we see it just as surely … Continue reading

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In Praise of Things You Don’t Like

Artists, as aesthetes, tend to surround themselves with things they like.  Part of their aesthetic is about what they select and what they discard.  Ordinary people do this in their everyday lives, too.  The totality of their comfortable existence is … Continue reading

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A Response to the Futurists

I read something recently which made me very angry, because I could see immediately the very clear connection between these ancient writings (or rantings and ravings, if you prefer), now over a hundred years old, and what has actually come … Continue reading

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A Modern Interpretation of “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”

The book, “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”, was written in 1884, by the illustrious William Morris; at least three years before the first Arts and Crafts exhibitions were proposed and long before there was such a thing as an “Arts … Continue reading

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Appreciating is Good, Creating is Better

Something occurred to me, today.  It was in relation to music.  I had the thought that knowing how to make music is so much more satisfying than being a fan of music.  I’ve been a big fan of music all … Continue reading

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The Magic of Art Creates the Future

Artists are magicians, in the sense that art is emotionally affective and it plants the seeds of ideas in people’s minds.  It has the power to influence and transform society.  Art can be thought of as magical because it is … 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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