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Bruce, Caroline

Question of the Day

Anyone wanna tackle this?

What is culture, exactly? Who defines it, the people or the rulers? Is
culture as defined by public radio and public television one set of
people's ideals of what they believe our culture should be, or does it
truly reflect culture? Is culture defined as "what is" or "what should
be", or, perhaps more poignantly, "what we"--who is we,
exactly?--"think it should be"? Are Beethoven and the gang part of North
American culture, or are some people just hoping that that's how we'll
be remembered? Should culture be government-funded? If culture must be
subsidized, can it truly be called culture? If culture is to reflect who
we are as a people, should it be able to stand on its own? Is culture
really worth preserving, in the grand scheme of things?

Comments

Culture should be a reflection of what the PEOPLE choose, not governments nor advisory boards. Your comment about Beethoven is apt...I feel that a lot of people are embarrassed/horrified by certain aspects of, say, Western culture; the "pop" aspects of it and try to deny it. These are cultural snobs who would rather support some obscure artist who speaks to a small group of people, rather than the artist that moves the masses. I wonder how much of it is psychology (and the need to be unique, uplifted from the ordinary).

I hate the Canadian Content rulings. It forces sub-par music, television, etc. down our throats and is a waste of tax money. Quality, intelligent programming can be made (as evidenced by Corner Gas, Robson Arms, etc.) that retains its "Canadian-ness". However, just throwing a moose reference or hiring any out-of-work actor from "Danger Bay" does not.

I'm going off on a tangent here and noticed that most aspects of "culture" that I'm referencing are in fact BUSINESS. Arts is, at the end of the day, a business. Artists want to get compensated for their work. Should businesses be subsidized by the government? Do we not have a free market for creative/arts-based businesses here in Canada? Should the public decide with their dollars what to support? Or be forced into the transaction?

Perhaps I'm not fully awake yet, I better sign off before this gets too long. ha ha
Extremely eloquent and well-put as always. I really like what you have to say.