Re: What is art's role in society?
Although you can generalize to create one, art plays many roles in society and each is too deeply meaningful to fairly be lumped with any other.
One that I've been thinking about today is art's role as a tool that allows us to communicate difficult or intense thoughts and emotions. Even in this aspect art has multiple facets of utility.
I read an article today (URL is below) that illustrates, for me, the beauty in art servicing as a way for people to speak by proxy. To have their feelings and thoughts elucidated by someone who has the words to do so. It's as old as art itself-- so many song lyrics have been printed out and handed to someone with the comment "This is how I feel. This song says it all."
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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