The Case for the Performing Arts

Courtesy of TED Talks:

Key Points:

  1. Sometimes middle-aged men like symphony and pop-country.
  2. Knowing Judge Judy jokes are always good for a laugh.
  3. The internet (a) competes with the performing arts for our attention, (b) opens up the creative sphere to professional-level amateurs, (c) supports social causes, and (d) does everything else.
  4. There is a good business case for the performing arts.
  5. If you make these points without breathing for 12 minutes, we’re liable to find you persuasive.

Questions:

  1. If everyone gets to play, does the overall quality of performance as a whole drop?
  2. If not, will there always be enough money to stage ambitious performances?
  3. How long until we grow tired of mentioning “the internet and the democritization of [insert anything]”?
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