In an article in Slate yesterday, Jody Rosen quotes the work of Penn English professor James English regarding the Grammys:
University of Pennsylvania professor James F. English points out in his new book about arts prizes and awards, The Economy of Prestige, carping critics play a crucial role in supporting institutions like the Grammys. English writes, “The tones of satire and condescension have become so standard a feature of prize journalism that to eschew such tones is to appear dull-witted or naïve… [But] the more crippling naïveté rests with the masters of condescension, who have failed to consider their own position in the larger system. Modern cultural prizes cannot fulfill their social functions unless authoritative people… are thundering against them.”
You hear that, critics of Madonna’s performance with a cartoon band? You’re supporting this shit!
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The Grammy Paradox [Slate]