Our “Mitt Romney Says He Would Ax Arts Funding If Elected” made it into Reddit’s popular Politics subreddit and the 200+ resulting comments are an interesting look into the hive mind of a social news network that often ridicules contemporary art, particularly performance art.
Here, in the politics section, most people are surprisingly supportive of the notion of arts funding, and the conversation is diverse (free-wheeling?) and full of humor.
Here are some of interesting conversations on the thread:
headfullofuselessnes: OK, so now you’ve restored one or two pennies to my paycheck. Now what? >
MrBooks: Your job gets outsourced… and the owner gets a new yacht. >
ChaoticAgenda: I stand secure knowing that it will at least be an ugly yacht, seeing as how the arts have been cut. >
VoiceofCivilization: You assume it will be made in US. >
powernut: Time to give those pennies back to the billionaires. >
BigClifty: Don’t worry we’ll get those pennies back once they trickle back down. >
Wisdom_from_the_Ages: By that, do you mean when we storm their mansions and they pour molten metal on us from the roofs? >
FallingSnowAngel: To be fair, too many posters on Reddit laugh at the art majors, downvote any use of metaphor, and compare performance art to a mental illness.
If they had their way, funding for the arts would just reward people for taking the best screenshots. >
Jman5: It’s just the demographic of Reddit. Lots of STEM oriented people who can’t relate to art-fields as much. You can’t quantify creative industries as easily, which is why they tend to downplay its importance. >
onique: I wish I had the jar form piss christ right about now, id toss it in his general direction. >
arekabsolute: Honest question: What part of the Constitution gives the government the job of funding art? >
yajnavalkya: Your question is based on a faulty premise. The government doesn’t have the job of funding art; it could stop tomorrow or double the funding at any point.
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