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Thread #160763   Message #3816768
Posted By: Steve Shaw
27-Oct-16 - 05:42 AM
Thread Name: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Subject: RE: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Well the aspiration of art is to enlighten, to edify through knowledge and insight. It sounds like Ben Jonson was being snobbish. Ignorance is one of the human attributes that art confronts, not sees as its enemy. The logical conclusion of Jonson's remark is that the safest bet is to "just give the punters what they want." I've even heard that said in pub sessions!