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spectators moral economy.fys

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Carissa Niro October 12, 2007 “The Spectator’s Moral Economy” In the article “The Spectator’s Moral Economy” by Charles A. Knight, Knight suggests the concept that periodicals create culture, just as if “art imitates life, life imitates art with equal significance”. Contrasting pairs such as ‘aristocratic and bourgeois’ and public and private’ are used to explore the shift from one term to its opposite. Knights’ purpose is “to examine the moral and the economic as an interactive pair that facilitated the social and ideological transformations that were both marked and affected by the periodicals of Addison and Steele”. However, the Spectator is much more self-consciously manipulated than the Tatler . Usually speaking for the middle class, the
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Unformatted text preview: Spectator can really be read by all levels of society. Steele’s depiction of idealized high society doings are further dramatized by the “aristocratic myths of the rescued maiden and the lost child and justified by Steele on the grounds of its opposite dwelling”. The commonality of Addison’s and Steele’s audiences was also often stressed. By connecting morality and economics, Addison and Steele attempted to make a connection between the aristocracy and the bourgeois. They also deem credit as negative, and point out that it is good to buy (and sell) things in moderation if you have actual money. Addison and Steele feel that it is vital for a trader to be moral, and to focus more on the actual goods rather than how the goods are displayed or presented....
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