Thursday, August 25, 2005

This blog is a participatory democracy

...or so this article by Steven Winn suggests. I read the last two paragraphs a couple times. Winn captured me with these sentences: "We've also absorbed a full-measure of post-modern awareness. Authority - in government, the media, the arts - is provisional. Reality is subjective, transparent. We are all authors of our own fictions, a construct of authentic and mediated experience."

For some reason the Doozer constructions on Fraggle Rock come to mind.

5 comments:

tracy said...

Somehow I missed Fraggle Rock as a part of my tv experience but I wonder if any experience can be termed authentic? Perhaps I self-edit and fictionalise each experience I encounter before I process it. How then, can I really know what I experience is authentic?

GM said...

Do you know about the canlit poetry connection to Fraggle Rock?

Brenda Schmidt said...

I do I do...Dennis Lee and bp Nichol wrote for it. I'm thinking about buying the dvd. I bring up the doozers now and then, but I have no idea why they left such an impression.

Brenda Schmidt said...

Tracy, I haven't put aside your comments on authenticity. This morning I was looking over Denis Dutton's "Authenticity in Art," concentrating on the Tolstoy bit in the concluding section...

Tracy said...

Thanks for that link. I found this bit toward the end intriguing: "It is more than just formal quality that distinguishes the latest multimillion-dollar Hollywood sex-and-violence blockbuster or manipulative tear­jerker from the dark depths of the Beethoven Opus 131 String Quartet or the passion­ate intensity of The Brothers Karamazov. These latter are meant in a way that many examples of the former cannot possibly be: they embody an element of personal commitment normally missing from much popular entertainment art and virtually all commercial advertising."