[Ads-l] "All art is propaganda."

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Nov 16 01:03:11 UTC 2014


That occurred to me too, but I don't see a ref. in GB or Hathi.

Prob. Marx said something more prolix.

JL

On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 6:13 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:

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> At 11/15/2014 04:57 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
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> >Not in YBQ, but it gets 30,000 raw Googlits.  I recently read it in a
> movie
> >review.
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> >1925 Upton Sinclair _Mammonart_ (Pasadena: pub. by the author) 9: All art
> >is propaganda. It is universally and inescapably propaganda; sometimes
> >unconsciously, but often deliberately, propaganda.
> >
> >Rather a dilute meaning of "propaganda," wouldn't you say? The relevant
> OED
> >def. is
> >
> >"The systematic dissemination of information, esp. in a biased or
> >misleading way, in order to promote a political cause or point of view.
> >Also: information disseminated in this way; the means or media by which
> >such ideas are disseminated."
> >
> >Sinclair seems to mean rather that all art exerts some influence on
> >beliefs, willy-nilly.  As dothose who repeat the assertion (usu. without
> >attribution).
>
> Sinclair was a utopian, left-wing, progressive Democrat, Socialist,
> Wobbly-supporting pinko, wasn't he?  "All art is propaganda" is
> something I could imagine said by Karl Marx.
>
> Joel
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> >Factoid:  Wackipedia calls the book-length essay _Mammonart_ a "novel."
> >
> >JL
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