I subscribe to a splendid magazine called 'Octane'. Every page is read assiduously except for the comment page by Mr Bayley, subtitled "The Aesthete". I found his writing to be pretentious and often factually-suspect so started skipping it each month. Stack him up against Jay Leno, Derek Bell and Robert Coucher and there's no comparison.
What I'm saying is, your supposition that Mr Bayley is trying to push buttons could well be true.