On Wed, 15 Dec 1993, Daniel B. Case wrote:
> I do not know what troubles me more: the National Endowment of the
> Arts denying funds to artists like Karen Finley and Annie Sprinkle
> because their work is "obscene," or undergraduate students rebelling
> at being "forced to watch" artworks which offend them. In my view,
> to shock and disturb an audience is one of the most important effects
> that an artwork can achieve. The idea of 18-23-year-olds putting
> forth a "right" to be protected from such artworks and insisting that
> they only be exposed to artworks which provide pleasant experiences
> strikes me as one of the most disturbing trends in our culture.
Daniel (and whomever else may be interested):
I agree with you. This is a most disturbing aspect of this culture;
and it is not limited to young people. We live in a "Coca Cola
culture" (sickly sweet, over-bubbly, and artificially stimulated). Why
else do movies have to have sickly sweet "endings (with relatively few
exceptions) in order to be considered viable at the box office?