A question about social media and the arts

So  much of social media is about recommendations and suggestions: You need to hear/read/see this. We eagerly offer and receive them. Yet in the cultural arena it’s seen as high-handed, even an act of snobbery, to say: You need to hear/read/see this. Why? Lingering resentment over the hurt caused by genuine cultural snobbery a half century ago? Reflexive resistance to any thing that smacks of cultural authority? Simply a matter of tone? Something I’m missing? It’s curious to me that all orchestra programs aren’t structured around a basic suggestion, the conductor and musicians saying: You must listen to this.

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2 responses to “A question about social media and the arts

  1. Ayesha Court

    It’s always so refreshing to read your columns and criticism online and in the paper. I’ve attended a handful of performances in the DC area that I then say, “you must hear this.” Despite the proliferation of books, music and all forms of entertainment, few rise to the level of goosebumps on the skin or tears in the eyes. One place I’ve found remarkable every single time is the music at the Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda. Not sure how they do it, but I keep coming back for their music series. Here’s this year’s line-up I’ve got posted on my bulletin board. http://www.redeemerbethesda.org/music/documents/MARBrochure2013-14-Interior.pdf
    Would love to hear what you think of the music there.

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