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Lerkfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:07 AM
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27. nature of the beast...in a way.
I think the graphic or political cartoon is "hot" media -- that is, by nature it is driving at a conclusion, its close-ended. This is different from other types of art which invite interpretation. Political art has a very clear and uninterpretable message. Therefore, it does not easily invite interpretation or analysis. And that's ok, it would be unsucessful as political art if it was ambiguous.

But because of that, it is difficult to respond to...you either have to say "great!" which is a bit uncomfortable to do a lot of (note that not many text threads have people saying "great post", except those which are "hot" and drive to a conclusion. The ones that are more open ended and invite discussion survive longer, but have less people saying "great post".)

Also, art is subjective. Not everyone likes every work of art equally. People who don't like the work usually don't go out of their way to comment. In that way, they are being silently supportive, I suppose. And, people know that artists can sometimes be sensitive about their "babies" or creative works. Therefore, even if they had some discussion about the content of the work, or the issue, they're uncomfortable bringing it up for fear of offending the artist unnecessarily.

Or, there's people who are graphic artists by profession, like me, and feel a little awkward about giving high fives to other artists without getting into technical discussion that would bore other viewers. Also, I have always had a problem with lauding or critiquing work, as I tend to be overly honest in my assessment, since that's what I"D prefer, so I could learn something, but I find that there are many artists who when they ask your opinion of their work, only want to hear praise and get defensive if its anything but praise, and I find that awkward so I rarely go there.

However, you make a good point, so I will endeaver to comment in more graphic threads with at least an "atta-gender unspecific personage".

:)
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