If a classic artist, like Michelangelo, came back from the dead and asked the nearest millennial what kind of art is being created today, he might just go back to the grave.
The art we create and subsequently consume nowadays is usually in the form of reality TV, magazines, listicles, cat videos, tweets: short, sweet and easy to digest. However, there are also other forms of art we enjoy that might be classified as a bit “higher caliber” like Oscar-nominated movies or very poignant dramas.
But let us not forget, our culture consists of everything that we interact with, see and obsess over. Even if we ourselves do not watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians, it is a part of our culture.
This does not have to be a bad thing
Janet Mock, the host of MSNBC’s So Popular, works with all of the different varieties of art that we have. She tackles issues like race and gender AND pop culture like Dancing with the Stars. She doesn’t put one on a pedestal and look down on the others, because we should not try to stick up our noses and ignore the less sophisticated media if we are to be active participators in the culture we have today.
So instead of bashing the constant flow of blockbusters and reality shows, let’s dissect it and really try to understand what this means for us as a generation and as a population that demands these things. Let’s watch and discuss. Actually learn something. Maybe turn a guilty pleasure into a new way of thinking.