Your obviously selling something here and upset
everybody is not buying it so maybe take your own
advice? otherwise your just like a drug dealer who
isn't stupid enough to take drugs.
Ant McWatt comments:
You're obviously trying to "sell" a higher quality of life in your advice
pasted below and all I can say is..... "I'm buying and well done, Mate!"
Gavin Gee-Clough told it as it is December 1st 2005:
>Quality is the source of reality and the continual
>migration towards it the driving force of evolution.
>this migration is the source of new static quality
>mediocrity is the opposite of quality.
>mediocrity brings nothing dynamic; in the absence of
>the dynamic, existing static quality patterns become
>more deeply ingrained. compulsive behaviours and
>addictions are symptomatic of this.
>'kitsch' is related to mediocrity and explains this
>matter even better.
>from 'kitsch' at newsfilter.co.uk encyclopedia:
>"Broch called kitsch "the evil within the value-system
>of art" that is, if true art is "good", kitsch is
>"evil". While art was creative, Broch held that kitsch
>depended solely on plundering creative art by adopting
>formulas that seek to imitate it, limiting itself to
>conventions and demanding a totalitarianism of those
>Other theorists over time have also linked kitsch to
>totalitarianism. The Czech writer Milan Kundera, in
>his book The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984),
>defined it as "the absolute denial of shit." His
>argument was that kitsch functions by excluding from
>view everything that humans find difficult to come to
>terms with, offering instead a sanitised view of the
>world in which "all answers are given in advance and
>preclude any questions."
>In its desire to paper over the complexities and
>contradictions of real life, kitsch, Kundera
>suggested, is intimately linked with totalitarianism.
>In a healthy democracy, diverse interest groups
>compete and negotiate with one another to produce a
>generally acceptable consensus; by contrast,
>"everything that infringes on kitsch," including
>individualism, doubt, and irony, "must be banished for
>life" in order for kitsch to survive. Therefore,
>Kundera wrote, "Whenever a single political movement
>corners power we find ourselves in the realm of
>For Kundera, "Kitsch causes two tears to flow in quick
>succession. The first tear says: How nice to see
>children running on the grass! The second tear says:
>How nice to be moved, together with all mankind, by
>children running on the grass! It is the second tear
>that makes kitsch kitsch.""
>kitsch is false quality, quality's evil twin.
>the ubiquity of kitsch in TV, movies, politics,
>advertising, books etc is evident, if you are familiar
>with its opposite.
>our consumer culture is based on kitsch. hence stasis,
>stagnation...the atrophication of the quality
>oh and for platt: communism is totalitarian kitsch as
>well mate. just a bit less subtle. a bit.
>in brisbane (my home city) a city of two million
>nearly all arts funding goes to government affiliated
>organisations. universities are predictably stagnant
>this is why bill hicks was right. all people in
>advertising and marketing should kill themselves. no
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