This is a topic I may well come back to in more depth because I do think it's insufficient to rely on reason (or even reason and good marketing) to campaign over the long-haul. And that didactic art is much less effective at achieving cultural change than its transcendental cousin - as well as being much poorer art.
If anyone has any views on this, please do comment as I'm still thinking this one through and welcome challenges, reflections, perspectives. Thanks!
A thought: what is a campaign without art? It's all surfaces and straight lines. A literal video.— Tim Atkinson (@Magpiemoth) December 3, 2015
What would the Romantics think of a cause without Art, eh? How can one re-imagine the world without it?— Tim Atkinson (@Magpiemoth) December 3, 2015
To put these musings another way - is cosmic Dylan more powerful politically than protest Dylan? Are Television more political than Sham 69?— Tim Atkinson (@Magpiemoth) December 3, 2015
@MrJoeJenkins And Scritti Politti's career based on premise of pop entryism - challenging hegemony through swoony electro pop.— Tim Atkinson (@Magpiemoth) December 3, 2015
And two timely quotes I came across in the days that followed.
The importance of art... pic.twitter.com/Zuw8XfgRnT— HowTheLightGetsIn (@HTLGIFestival) December 5, 2015
#Syria and all the many modern 'crisies' can only be resolved with education, communication & thorough consideration pic.twitter.com/epEjVUj8Uk— Arts Emergency (@artsemergency) December 2, 2015