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The Resource In Praise of Commercial Culture, (electronic resource)

In Praise of Commercial Culture, (electronic resource)

Label
In Praise of Commercial Culture
Title
In Praise of Commercial Culture
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
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Cowen, Tyler
Dewey number
700/.68/8
Intended audience
Trade
Intended audience source
Harvard University Press
LC call number
NX634.C68 2000
Summary expansion
Does a market economy encourage or discourage music, literature, and the visual arts? Do economic forces of supply and demand help or harm the pursuit of creativity? This book seeks to redress the current intellectual and popular balance and to encourage a more favorable attitude toward the commercialization of culture that we associate with modernity. Economist Tyler Cowen argues that the capitalist market economy is a vital but underappreciated institutional framework for supporting a plurality of co-existing artistic visions, providing a steady stream of new and satisfying creations, supporting both high and low culture, helping consumers and artists refine their tastes, and paying homage to the past by capturing, reproducing, and disseminating it. Contemporary culture, Cowen argues, is flourishing in its various manifestations, including the visual arts, literature, music, architecture, and the cinema. Successful high culture usually comes out of a healthy and prosperous popular culture. Shakespeare and Mozart were highly popular in their own time. Beethoven's later, less accessible music was made possible in part by his early popularity. Today, consumer demand ensures that archival blues recordings, a wide array of past and current symphonies, and this week's Top 40 hit sit side by side in the music megastore. High and low culture indeed complement each other. Cowen's philosophy of cultural optimism stands in opposition to the many varieties of cultural pessimism found among conservatives, neo-conservatives, the Frankfurt School, and some versions of the political correctness and multiculturalist movements, as well as historical figures, including Rousseau and Plato. He shows that even when contemporary culture is thriving, it appears degenerate, as evidenced by the widespread acceptance of pessimism. He ends by considering the reasons why cultural pessimism has such a powerful hold on intellectuals and opinion-makers
Label
In Praise of Commercial Culture, (electronic resource)
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Publication
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OCM1bookssj0000177704
Dimensions
09.250 x 06.125 in.
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unknown
Extent
288 p.
Governing access note
Available for distribution in: USA, UNITED KINGDOM, SOUTH AFRICA, AUSTRALIA
Isbn
9780674001886
Other control number
9780674001886
Other physical details
ill
Specific material designation
remote
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(WaSeSS)ssj0000177704
Label
In Praise of Commercial Culture, (electronic resource)
Publication
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000177704
Dimensions
09.250 x 06.125 in.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
288 p.
Governing access note
Available for distribution in: USA, UNITED KINGDOM, SOUTH AFRICA, AUSTRALIA
Isbn
9780674001886
Other control number
9780674001886
Other physical details
ill
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0000177704

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