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December 13, 2006

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James Tata

True, but no one ever suggested replacing high fidelity sound reproduction systems with AM radio. Nearly everyone thinks that MP3s are suitable replacements for CDs, but they aren't. Not by a long shot. So those of us who would like to listen to good sound reproduction will, sooner rather than later, have to be stuck with lousy MP3s.

Arthur  Whitman

Which is fine, I don't much care either way.

Oh come on, you should care.

J@simpleposie

I agree with Arthur.

JL

So those of us who would like to listen to good sound reproduction will, sooner rather than later, have to be stuck with lousy MP3s.

I don't really see the evidence for this, certainly not in the linked article, which becomes very fuzzy when it comes time to get to specifics. I tend to think most people recognize .mp3s as a quick and dirty form of music listening experience, one that is valued for its small size and portability, just as no one complained that the crappy speakers and reception of car radios reflected on the ideal listening environment but was (and is) for its purposes good enough. But no one mounted a car stereo in their home, either. Anyway, as storage space continues to grow, the need for highly compressed files will diminish, and lossless formats will become more practical.

Oh come on, you should care.

I agree with Arthur

Not now . . . I'm too drunk. Well, maybe not, and maybe I should care, but my caring would be like most art criticism, i.e., it wouldn't matter at all. Art, and art criticism, will take care of themselves nicely or not so nicely either way. And while I understand the anxiety, and can be convinced to share it at times, I still largely agree with what I wrote at the end of a rather peevish post a long time ago:

people have been writing about art for thousands of years. They aren't going to stop now, although the ways they do so, in terms of medium and interest, will continue to change as has always happened. The impulse to evaluate and to interpret can be found acting itself out in different ways throughout that history. But art criticism as we think of it in a modern sense may turn out to have rested on a certain set of arrangements. And if those arrangements were to disappear as they appeared, then one can certainly wager that the art critic would be erased, like a face drawn in sand at the edge of the sea.

Franklin

Oh come on, you should care.

Not too much though. Really, none of us are going to stop doing what we're doing because ANE doesn't adequately appreciate the medium, and besides, denial is the first stage of the grieving process for the paper-based media landscape that once was.

Arthur  Whitman

Well, maybe not, and maybe I should care, but my caring would be like most art criticism, i.e., it wouldn't matter at all.

Well, one could say this about one's very existence on Earth; all we are is dust in the wind, etcetera. So why care about anything at all?

JL

Dude, Kansas! Now you're talking. Actually, I care a great deal more about my existence on Earth than about art criticism. As far as I'm concerned, it matters more.

Arthur  Whitman

As does the bottle, I'm sure.

JL

Well, probably, though I think you may be reading my comments a little too literally.

Arthur  Whitman

As does your metaphorical bottle.

JL

As so often happens, the bottle let me down.

m

-i don t care about the sound either

-i have yet to meet a bottle that has let me down (this as i am at home and will have to remain mostly sober for about two weeks--give and take a couple of beers). sigh.

-i read panero s essay on symbolism. found it was good and now i might want to explore de chirico and symbolism. i am also convinced that the professor he mentions was a mason or something like that...rosicrucian. but i have no evidence on it. maybe ill go back to symbolism since nothing after cubism seems to exite me much, except for duchamp, i guess.

--fried writes poetry. shit. i thought i new that but maybe i repressed it. i hope i can repress it again.

rb

haha, funny comments

mp3s- they'll inevitably evolve into something more new-fangled and embedded, maybe better maybe not, but i sure like the ones i find here on modern kicks, like little gems or cracker jack prizes

back in the 70s the grateful dead predicted everyone would be listening to little pyramids by now, i think something like aural holograms

bottle- i don't drink but i do have absinthe fantasies once in a while (wink)

art is essential for existence, it defines being human, but art is probably not essential for art criticism's existence

happy holidays JL!

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