Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Arts and the Neanderthals

As a followup to my posting of February 20, 2009, "Homo Neanderthal in the US Congress," I cite an article in the New York Times Arts section of August 8, 2009 , "New Endowment Chairman Sees Arts as an Energizer for the Economy," where the new chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Rocco Landesman, is quoted as holding that "Someone who works in the arts is every bit as gainfully employed as someone who works in an auto plant or a steel mill."

Bravo Mr. Landesman!


Rezman said...

Isn't it a bit ironic that we have to defend perhaps the only industry in which the United States still leads the World through an economic multiplier argument? I wonder if parents now insist that their children become comedians, filmmakers, and artists in the same way that previous generations pressured their offspring to become doctors and lawyers?

Barry Seldes said...

It was in the 1980s when I thought that the last gasp of the once hegemonic British economy was its exports of Masterpiece Theater productions to the US. How the wheel turns! Rezman seems to be offering evidence that speaks volumes about the fading power of the American economy on the world stage.