Thanks to the commodification of culture, artists have been maligned and minimised to societal anomalies, indulgent characters living in an alternative universe whose success owes either to their innate eccentricity, or hopeless romanticism. Everyone’s a critic. The snobbish refrain, ‘I could have done that’, speaks volumes about the diminished role of art in dominant culture.
In this clip from our Meet the Renegades series, Mark Earls unwinds human rationality and the historic development of human culture as being dependent on relying on others. He delves deeper into the culture portrayed in the UK, the desire for an independent heroic sense of individualism, which is impossible to achieve, as virtually everything we do has been taught or developed through the influence of someone.
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