May 19, 2013

Return of the Cliche

Sharing this for a couple of reasons, really. First, Emma Watson's excellent, and, generally, always has something interesting to say. But second, I'm a little miffed at the comparison of celebrity culture to "a comic strip." The desire for academic or critical acceptance of the comic (book/strip) as valid site of discourse has, in recent years, become cliche. But then something like this happens. How can an entire creative medium be worthy of comparison to "Celebrity culture?" I know this happened with the novel in its early days, but how long does a medium have to be around, and how many important pieces of writing have to come out of it, before it is no longer used to connote the lowest and basest behaviours or ideas?

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