I totally agree with this article right here, so I will try to manifest it in its most perfect form, which I consider to be the following six-word sentence: Fascism rocks and creativity is bad. Can anyone manifest that perfect article in a more perfect way?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I agree that creativity and self-expression are a bit overrated, I don't think Edward Ingram has understood much of Plato. No "picture exists in the Platonic realm", since a picture can't be "perfect" in the Platonic sense -- it's already an imperfect copy of whatever it's supposed to look like, which is another imperfect "copy" of the Idea.

Pop Idol is a step further down from the Idea, since the singers only copy other singers' copy-songs. Not to mention that Plato was highly sceptical of art in any form.

So where is Edward Ingram's selfless objectivity when it comes to Plato? His respect for the craft, philosophy, or his "sense of 'getting things right'"?

Of course, Einstein was staggeringly original, and no one at Plato's time knew about perspective painting.

Who is this guy?

August 09, 2006 10:47 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Torygraph is bad for your health.

August 10, 2006 2:31 pm  
Blogger mrtn said...

Actually, Plato only wanted certain scales to be used. I think it was the lydian and the dorian scales, because they were heroic and inspiring. In Plato´s perfect world, every band is a marching band, and the Pop Idol singers are burned at the stake for wanting to woo the masses.

Actually, I think what's overrated is precisely this idea that anything that one is doing can be done perfectly. There are an infinite variety of possible conclusions to any given undertaking, and very many of them will be completely satisfactory in some way.

I don't know who this guy is, but he's printing his swill in one of the biggest papers in England.

The Torygraph is a great name for it, Adam. I didn't know they called it that.

August 11, 2006 11:16 am  

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