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What is art?

Art isn’t anything.  It’s everything and nothing.  Art is pattern.  It’s narrative.  It’s expression.  Anything we do someone else could consider as art.

What’s most important is that someone else can experience us, this art, the source of art.   And art doesn’t suppose an audience in its creation.  We all create art, constantly, regardless of whether we think someone else will view it, watch it, hear it, taste it. And everyone we interact with directly or indirectly (though culture, rules, laws) influences our personal art.

Is there ART?  that is, is there something that we’d all say that’s a clear expression of art?  No.  No there isn’t.  Even when people start out with the intent to make art and they make it clear they are making ART it’s no more or less art than anything else anyone does all day.  Art is simply that which we do that becomes noticed.

The key is Does Someone Notice.  Even if that someone is YOURSELF.  Art is that thing that makes you notice, that makes you change your perspective.   That’s it.  and that’s everything.

Art’s role in life is to be noticed.  Art is about creating audience.  The more entities that notice a new perspective because of it the more relevant the art (in American culture terms).

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Pretty basic stuff going on here.

Some have maligned David A for is “stage kid” approach – meaning parents told him what to do.  Really though, who wouldn’t do the same at this point?  If you had that voice and this situation and only 17 years, wouldn’t you do the same? Of course you would because we all are what we value and what we are reinforced to value.  All that comes about by what we are good at, how our environment reinforces that and the situations opened to us.

David Cook is no different.  His story is just as cliche.  It’s cliche because of schedules of reinforcement.  Bartender music guy working his ass off auditions. Gets a break.  Beats everyone because of his experience (song selection based on schedules of picking the right or wrong song in the bar!).

American Idol has the formula so down.  We all eat this up BECAUSE they tell us to eat it up for 20 weeks.  We already bought the album/track just by watching the show.  Cycles and cyles and schedules and schedules.

I love this show and how it continues to make media folks go, “How can we make this?”

~R

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