Jason Grote, yesterday, in comments:
I kinda think this is an infuriatingly bullshit argument. You know that saying about rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic? This is like that, except everyone's fighting over a single deck chair.
While I wouldn't go as far as him (I don't think it's a bullshit argument, obviously, as I wrote a follow-up post on it yesterday and I actually think it's interesting and definitely worth talking about) I get what he's saying, and it echoes what Mike Daisey said in the comments to my post about Blogger Ethics and Honesty in Conversation, namely that a lot of this comes out of resource scarcity.
This is one of the many reasons why I tend to blog about arts advocacy issues and why I am a big fan of govenrment arts funding... the other problems become easier to solve when we're not all competing for a shockingly small pool of resources. And no, I don't just mean money. I also mean space. I also mean media coverage. I also mean development opportunities. I also mean free time to do our art.
Right now...Right fucking now there are two extremely important issues that could help in small ways to alleviate that resource scarcity and set the stage for dramatic alleviation in the future. They are increased NEA funding and health care reform. Both are also the subject of extremely dishonest and offensive attacks from the Right and both will take an enormous effort on our part to pass.
Congress is in recess right now. This is the time for them to hear from you. I'm excited by the conversation going on in the comments about form and content, I think it's valuable. But I still gotta ask... What are planning on doing this week to help the arts in America?