05 December 2010

Censorship and Self-Censorship at the National Portrait Gallery

"For better or worse, the government has made the
decision to fund art.
That decision has been vigorously
debated over the past 30 years, and
the argument
continues today. But once the decision is taken, does
anyone believe our politicians should be curating the
museums,
dictating what is and isn't art?"

The folks over at The Economist pose the question very well in this story. They are addressing the latest (successful) effort by American Christian fundamentalists (in this case Catholics) to dictate cultural standards that comport with their own parochial sensibilities. It is difficult to know who to dislike more in this episode, the offended Christians and the censorious politicos or the craven curator seeking to rationalize his cowardly behavior.

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