Final - Section 2

Final - Section 2 - Nick Hinman PS 301 3 16 08 Section 2...

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Nick Hinman 950-55-6355 PS 301 3 / 16 / 08 Section 2 : Long essay (50%) It’s important to recognize that there are limiting variables surrounding art’s influence on politics. Since the late 14 th century, the “free” market has dictated the extent of art’s ability to be created; laws and regulations impose strict copyright and censorship rules that govern property rights and hinder the creativity of our culture. Artists have been historically oppressed by a market that has supposed to pronounce their freedom, but the art market has evolved since the limits imposed by pre-Renaissance culture. Unlike the 14 th century, contemporary artists can sell their artwork to a much larger demographic than government and patrons. Artists continue to produce art at an overwhelming rate. This should be comforting to artists and our culture, but media conglomerates want to use the power of the law to suppress this artistic freedom. The rise of corporate censorship and expansion of intellectual property rights have been detrimental to artist creativity and freedom, thus affecting arts legitimacy in the marketplace and undermining its politics. However, our society has verified the validity of the underlying premise that art is inherently political through its influence on political education and its power in social movements and lifestyle. Art includes a whole spectrum of creations, from classic art to literature to music. Although these mediums all fall under the category of “art”, most are distinctly different from each other which make it more difficult to analyze the extent to which they can influence politics. Although art has no intrinsic political power of its own, it has been used as a transformative medium, as propaganda, and as a tool to placate the masses. There is still an important distinction between explicit political artworks and unintentional political artwork even
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after accepting the premise that all art is inherently political. Some artworks are created to influence and provoke the audience to come to a different understanding about politics, a variation of political education, where others artworks don’t have the same explicit intentions. Political education, as defined by Charles Hersch, is the “process by which citizens acquire the
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PS 301 taught by Professor Parsons during the Winter '08 term at Oregon.

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