Should society support alternative art, and if so, why is it important?
There is actually some alternative art I disagree with - when it is ugly to me I don't want to support it. But even if it offends me, I think it is good to see what people are passionate about creating and maybe explore why. If our society is rich enough to support these things we should - however, other necessities should be covered first, like medical care, transportation, education, poverty, food banks, and housing. It really doesn't appear that our priorities are right just now. I mean we spend millions and millions on sports and movies and entertainment - but ignore these other necessities. I am an artist, but I like to keep it in perspective. Have the most humane balance in life possible. My favorite artists reflect this balance in their art, drawing attention to the beauty of the planet as well as the beauty of a compassionate soul.
The blues was alternative art. So was country music, modern dance, jazz, hip hop, "outsider painting", and a whole lot more.
Alternative is just another word for new art that is not limited to old technologies, ideas and rules. Alternative art is NOT an excuse for lousy art that comes from untalented or mentally ill hacks.
I am also not in favor of arts predators who exploit freedom of expression to push pornography, racism and other evils. I've been in the arts for a long time and have seen a lot of opportunists convince gullible experts and audiences alike.
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