Art is all about your own subjective opinion and interpretation and that is why art and democracy does not go together.
Just because some piece of art is popular doesn’t make it a true reflection of how good it is!
In this article I will be talking about how art should not go together with democracy and how the merging of these two concepts is a real and growing threat to both our individuality and creativity.
It goes without saying that art is all about your own your personal expression and thoughts however in today’s modern world of “pop culture” we are seeing this fundamental part of us that helps us to realize ourselves and express our souls taken from us, eroded and replaced with a superficial point system.
Democracy is a political system of compromise created by the ancient Greeks to give all in society an equal say but why in the world of creativity and individuality should we let someone else’s views and experiences shape and influence our own? When democracy is merged with art it creates culture. Culture is inherently bad for creativity and individuality as it limits our thinking to be in line with what is culturally acceptable.
Culture ends up defining your opinions/creativity/fashion/music taste as instead of shaping your opinions on what you like you limit yourself based on things that will fit that culture. Due to the fact that Culture reinforces the notion that art should be collectively accepted and all art that is not part of the cult is not good it means that true freedom of expression is oppressed and everyone becomes zombies of the cult regurgitating the same old stuff over and over again just in slightly different combinations.
Many try to rebel against mainstream culture by forming sub cultures however Sub cultures are just as bad if not worse because sub cultures further limit your own interpretations and expression by narrowing down what is acceptable even more.
Even if you do not mind being a part of a cult and your thoughts not being entirely your own what about about your thoughts being subliminally influenced by the people that oppress you? We all know that society is not 100% equal and is shaped by those who are at the top, who own the media, who pay the politicians and who are the world changers. Are you happy for them to define the society and culture that you live in and are influenced by?
This is evident in the world of pop music and on shows such as the X factor where people are compete against each other to find out who will be the best. The x factor would not exist if it does not make money and the only real motivation of this contest is to make money or if you are a contestant to become rich and famous… and superficially those who will not get the most votes get kicked out but if there is a voting tie then the VIP judges get top decide who leaves and who goes.. a stark reminder of the world that we live in and that simply some peoples views and opinions outweigh even millions of other peoples views. Popular culture is not based upon art or creativity but is purely a superficially system to herd people using popularity to define what is good and what is not to strip people of their own individuality.