Originally Posted by Milk
I'm by and large one of those canadian socialist ultra liberal people that does think the government should in fact have a hand in a most things BUT........here we have government subsidies for all arts and you know what? I think it just serves to invest in and promote mediocrity 9.8 times out of 10 and i don't know that i like it and i don't know that down the line this is not a disservice to the artists.
BINGO! All it does is create an artistic bureaucracy with certain favorites hogging all the glory while many of the struggling artists are in an even worse position, probably going totally underground or just letting it turn into a "hobby".
A much more sinister example of state intervention in the arts would be the plight of of state sanctioned playwrights aptly dramatized in the film about life in the former East Germany, The Lives of Others
. One is a decent man, but a darling of the state who is forced to write propaganda plays, while some of his colleagues are in various states of blacklisting by the government and unable to work anymore. One is even driven to suicide. Maybe I'm getting a bit over extended on making this argument but that it is the extreme endpoint of where state intervention in the arts could take a nation.
Getting back to the main topic (I really have digressed here), I still buy CD's. I love browsing around in small record stores; I get excited when I see a package containing a CD I ordered sitting in my mailbox; I like holding the packaging while I'm listening. Old habits die hard.