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July 25, 2014

The bleakness of American culture leads one to despair. Subtract technology and nothing is left.

Music? Classical composition is dead.

The symphony orchestras hold on by their teeth. Opera is unheard and almost unheard of. Book sales drop, and those that sell are mostly trash. Poetry is dead, Shakespeare a comic shorthand for ridiculous irrelevant pedantry. Talented painters abound, but the nation has no interest in them. Sculpture means curious blobs and shapes said to be art and chosen by suburban arts committees. Theater? How many people have seen a play recently other than a high-school production?
Fred Reed

Posted by gerardvanderleun at July 25, 2014 11:15 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Why take the time to sort all that out when you can get a serious dose from Pelkey at 1830 on NBC Nightly News. He'll tell you everything AND give it the proper spin. After that, you can go back to staring at the ceiling.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 25, 2014 12:41 PM

People of Faith have a logical idea of what Life is all about. I'm good with that.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 25, 2014 9:36 PM

"American Culture" has become an oxymoron.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 26, 2014 5:08 AM

2nd Coming, coming?,
Couldn't it all been said and done at the 1st?
What wasn't learned or practiced, so that the world seems so left back? Is it that all world leaders depress us, so so many of us don't aspire?
Is it just electronic diversions, or is it something else? Lots of books still make sense. Do we need patrons for the arts and have easy drugs degraded too many minds?
Newspaper readership, movie attendance, casino revenues are down. Is it maybe too many people are feeling a financial pinch?
Maybe we need to be more of our own leaders and turn our lives into works of art and beauty.

Posted by: Stug Guts [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 26, 2014 10:33 PM

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