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Local Writing Groups posted 06 July 2005 in Author Q & ALocal Writing Groups by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I think it started with the Enlightenment, generally, and the institutional entrenching of critical inquiry. Over time, this made European culture more and more self-conscious of the norms that governed artistic practices. It's hard to break a rule you don't realize you're following, and painfully easy to break a rule you know you're following. At some point, 'rule breaking' and 'originality' became conflated, and exploring the nuances of rule following fell by the wayside. As a result, the 'aesthetic high ground' became less and less accessible to the masses (because specialized training was required to follow the proliferation of new rules), and popular culture was stripped of an important part of its spark. view post


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