"Mass culture evolved in two stages. First, it extended its influence into almost every crevice of society; then it began to merge with the rest of social existence, so that the distinction between culture and society grew increasingly uncertain. Politics became increasingly a matter of image, icon, style and spectacle. Commerce and production relied more and more on packaging, design, branding, advertising and public relations. Personal relationships were mediated by technological texts and images. The era of postmodernism had set in. "
"Nobody believes any longer that art can fill the shoes of the Almighty. Culture as a critique of civilisation has been increasingly eroded, undermined among other things by the postmodern prejudice that any such critique must address itself to an illusory social totality from an equally illusory standpoint of absolute knowledge."
"By and large, fundamentalism is the creed of those who feel abandoned and humiliated by modernity, and the forces responsible for this pathological state of mind, like those which give birth to multiculturalism, are far from culture in themselves."
"Everyone's art is bullshit... trick is to own the bullshit. Especially since creative expression can sometimes be a shedding of one's own shit, joy, anger, pain, and compassion. Yes it is ours, it is us, but it also isn't anymore. It is it's own thing.
Question is, can we look at our artistic expression with this distance? Knowing others will be looking from their own perspective and interpret something entirely their own.
This is what I mean by a shedding--it has to be shed, so we do not take offense when others critique from their unique tradition, reason, experience, and emotion."
"What's happening in government is what happens in corporate systems all across the country. People with ego and power trips looking for short-term gains in both profits and media coverage. All about their own stock price and perceived position, rather than long-term efficacy and growth."