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Post by dead_elvis » 25 Feb 2019, 14:21

Hugh Akston wrote:
11 Feb 2019, 15:41

I don't want to live in a world where I'm not allowed to say that this is objectively horrific art:



Available for booking. I mean if this was my junior high aged daughter I'd be proud as shit but are there just no standards anymore.

Thoreau's post yesterday reminded me of this topic.
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Over the years I definitely drifted into the "it's all relative so enjoy whatever floats your boat" camp yet last December I was exposed an inordinate amount to the movie "Love Actually", the current popularity of which has made me seriously reconsider whether society should be concerned about the quality of the art it produces (which of course raises the point of how it's measured). It seems quaint now that 50 years ago we were *very* concerned about the relationship between political system and the quality of art they produce. We've given up on the idea of quality to the extent that such comparisons simply don't make sense anymore. I suppose it's all for the best yet I simply can't let go of the idea that an excellent performance of Beethoven's Grosse Fugue is objectively better art than someone playing the theme to Pirates of the Caribbean with a laser bow in front of a screen with a bunch of stupid effects. I feel like the furthest I can go is that I won't begrudge people enjoying what they enjoy (I certainly have my share of terrible taste), but when people start claiming equivalency there's a certain bridge I can't cross which makes me feel like an irrational snob.
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Post by Highway » 25 Feb 2019, 17:35

Noone's claiming "equivalency", tho. And if you get past trying to claim your viewpoint is "objective", then it doesn't matter what another person claims about something you don't like being just as good as something you do like. That's just them being as subjective as you're being, and can be claimed to be "objectively" better just by making up their own metrics that favor it. Claiming something is 'objectively' better doesn't stop them from liking it, unless you manage to bully them into it. If someone wants to watch a violin performance and art projection thingy, well, maybe they need something to occupy their summers when they can't see light-show christmas decorations.

I get that it can be really frustrating when someone else claims that they like something that I think is garbage, but I've gotta learn to remember more consistently that what that means is that at least some of that person's tastes are just not good for me, so when they recommend something, I need to keep that in mind. And that can also help to remind me that the things I like might not be for them, even if I think they're great.
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Post by Eric the .5b » 25 Feb 2019, 17:42

And if you're not careful, you end up like Steve Allen, griping about nobody listens to showtunes anymore and the kids are so obviously dumber and lazier than he was at their age.
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Post by JasonL » 25 Feb 2019, 19:19

I don't know about objectivity in an aesthetic judgement of Good or Bad, but I think there are analyzable elements around concepts like sophistication, nuance, depth, themes, etc. I think these elements matter on some kind of sliding scale with the activity or passivity the consumer takes to the thing in question. On some relative scale, I have passive/thin musical tastes and complex/nuanced culinary tastes.

Adult people who only eat chicken fingers drive me crazy in a certain way - the way that I suspect their range of experience is narrowed to the smallest pin prick and they may not ever know what else is possible. Meanwhile, I respect jazz musicians for technical reasons, I understand in some abstract sense the structure involved in what they are doing, but I don't enjoy it and don't want to devote the time to "developing a palette".

If pressed I myself would concede that under some handwavy metric things with layers and nuance have a kind of potential that one note things do not. I draw these distinctions in my own preferences like "that musical piece is probably pretty great for someone who invests in it, but I can't appreciate it at this point". What I dislike is the thing where people with simple preferences argue that there is no difference at all - that complex tastes or engagement is just somehow a social signal. Not "I can't really appreciate it" but "the difference is lies and marketing".

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Post by Hugh Akston » 26 Feb 2019, 01:01

JasonL wrote:
25 Feb 2019, 19:19
Adult people who only eat chicken fingers drive me crazy in a certain way - the way that I suspect their range of experience is narrowed to the smallest pin prick and they may not ever know what else is possible. Meanwhile, I respect jazz musicians for technical reasons, I understand in some abstract sense the structure involved in what they are doing, but I don't enjoy it and don't want to devote the time to "developing a palette".
Just so we're on the same page, you're writing this with the awareness that these are the same thing, right?
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Post by JasonL » 26 Feb 2019, 09:05

Yes. The next part where I say something about me having some awareness that my musical tastes are limited is the key point there. There is simply more to hear and ergo more to potentially appreciate in more sophisticated music, and I would acknowledge that. I get annoyed when people suggest something like there is no difference in complexity or engagement potential or anything and jazz people are all hoity toity liars looking to signal their sophistication.

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Post by Aresen » 26 Feb 2019, 11:15

JasonL wrote:
26 Feb 2019, 09:05
...jazz people are all hoity toity liars looking to signal their sophistication.
I just assumed they were all stoned.
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Post by Hugh Akston » 03 Mar 2019, 12:56



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Post by Warren » 03 Mar 2019, 13:58

TL;DW Is the message is "Fuck that noise"?
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Post by Kolohe » 03 Mar 2019, 14:52

Interesting that antiwar and Playboy gets resume chyron over reason.
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Post by Dangerman » 12 Mar 2019, 22:07

More fun than you might think.

Your kids will probably enjoy it as well.


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Post by Highway » 12 Mar 2019, 23:04

Dangerman wrote:More fun than you might think.

Your kids will probably enjoy it as well.

I saw that a bit ago and even went back to watch some older ones. The guy shows a nice amount of dedication to making it an event.
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Post by Dangerman » 13 Mar 2019, 09:01

There's a fight in the crowds! Mello Yello fans are being ejected from the stands!

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Post by thoreau » 25 Mar 2019, 10:53

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Post by Dangerman » 25 Mar 2019, 11:03

Catchy!

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Post by Painboy » 17 Apr 2019, 00:16

These are bit old but I thought they were interesting. It's a language and accent expert critiquing actors accents. Some are obvious. Kevin Costner and Keanu Reeves are awful. Daniel Day-Lewis and Idris Elba are amazing. Mrs. JasonL would probably find these very interesting.



This one he talks about accent and pronunciation of constructed languages like Klingon and Valerian and what languages they have similarity with.


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Post by Dangerman » 08 May 2019, 20:09

If you watch 45 seconds or so, you've seen the whole thing. There are some decent comments too, which amused me.


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Mostly Classical

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Post by Dangerman » 09 May 2019, 21:43

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Post by Jasper » 10 May 2019, 14:01

Dangerman wrote:
09 May 2019, 20:19


Mostly Classical
No Wagner? ppffft.
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Post by Aresen » 12 May 2019, 18:54

An interesting take on 'experts':

The Peculiar Blindness of Experts
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Post by JasonL » 12 May 2019, 21:18

Matches my instincts about it. I think a nontrivial part of the blindness is that experts have to defend some small number of points at high volume- the things you go to experts to adjudicate. I think they get dug in on those points and it biases them against effects of unrelated variables.

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Post by Painboy » 12 May 2019, 23:47

Yeah it's one of those very rational people are very good at rationalizing things.

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Post by JasonL » 13 May 2019, 10:13

It's a hard problem - how to monitor your confidence levels when you are in the business of actively defending your perspective all the time. Also, like with CEOs and portfolio managers, when you have had successes making big calls in the past. You still have to choose an action and it is often the case that choosing something with enough commitment to make it happen (like dollars behind the bet instead of hedging everything so there's no real commitment) gives you your biggest bang even if there is theoretically a better choice that could have been made in retrospect.

I'm geared towards a fundamental, Humean kind of skepticism. I dont' think anyone should be very confident about very much outside of a few kinds of things that pass specific empirical tests. When you make a big play you should do so with the same humility like 'this is the best call I can make right now cross your fingers' not like "this is a validation of everything I think is true". I acknowledge that view limits me as potential leadership material.

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