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Comment: Re:These idiots (Score 1) 545

by timcowlishaw (#15947517) Attached to: Some Bands Still Refuse Music Downloads
However, the bands that will take exception are the more progressive ones that see music as more than easy money [...] They actually had an idea, and if you only listen to a small portion of their idea, they would rather you not listen at all

I have to disagree here, the idea that an artist dictates the meaning in their work and can control how it is recieved, stems from 19th century critical thinking, and doesn't really have much relevance to modern critical thought. I, on the other hand, would suggest that the meaning of a work of art is dependant more on it's context, and the experience of the audience than the intentions of the author - the 'meaning' of the work depends on the subjective experience of the observer and is open to multiple interpretations - To talk about 'artistic integrity' in this way is pretty meaningless in this context.

I'd reccomend reading 'The Death of the Author' by Roland Barthes for an alternative point of view to the romantic notion of the author as demiurge that you describe.

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