In which we ask: What exactly is art? Specifically, is photography art? But more generally, can anyone actually define art? How does the difficulty in defining art affect the makers of art, and why do people spend so much time trying to draw lines around it? How have democratizing forces changed the nature of art in the last few decades, and what does that bode for our future?
Before You Go
N.B. In addition to the clarifications Stephen offered, we should note that Chris’ initial description overstated the case a bit. The law did not technically forbid classes from teaching AP US History. It just, you know… promised to defund the teaching thereof.
- “Changes in AP history trigger a culture clash in Colorado”
- “Why Oklahoma Lawmakers Voted to Ban AP U.S. History”
- “Just What I Needed” by Wonderful Humans. Used by permission.
- “Winning Slowly Theme” by Chris Krycho. Still delightful? We think yes.
- “The $6.5m canyon: it’s the most expensive photograph ever – but it’s like a hackneyed poster in a posh hotel”
- “Why does our Instagram generation think its snaps are so special?”
- The Olympus OM-10—the camera Stephen learned to shoot darkroom-style with.
- “I know it when I see it”—the history of the phrase.
- Chris’ snail picture on Instagram
- Previously on the show: