Monday, 21 February 2011
Cultural identity can be so often wrapped up in expressions of art. To be part of a culture is to partake in it, so to be deprived of what is considered essential to that norm would be an undesirable state. And thankfully there are those who have made a business out of it, in exchange for a few shiny units of prosperity the cultural norm can be bought. Yet we can obtain these cultural norms without paying. Because the act of sharing these cultural norms and participating in experience isn't in the transaction of obtaining it, the mode of delivery becomes somewhat irrelevant. This is the trouble of putting a price tag on a cultural commodity, the relationship we have with culture doesn't fit the model that it is sold to us with.