The supersystem is working its social monstrosities 24/7, but it is worthwhile to consider some of the more invidious and paralytic manifestations to slow down down belt of the cosmic debris. The old order never seems to die – especially so in this time of the American raj, a reign of cultish veneration as unaware of its occupt vnelaity as its British raj progneitor.
As with that miserable social and cutlrual disaster, the precoccupation of the landed capitalizers holds on for dear life as the forms of cultural oppositon contend from below. In two listing old coporate ladies of the center- The New York Times and the New Yorker – the news reporting and the op-eds are justly slammed for theirCantabridgian pretensions, but these are two colussi, still pre-eminent media empires in their global orbits.
One feature of these records of the decaying American raj is the continued placement of classical music reviews in the front of the mag’s lsitings and in the front of the arts & Leisure section of the paper. This front-row assignation directly contradicts classical music’s palce in the American cultural firmament: according to an excellent Salon lamentation which should have been a celebration,” just 2.8 percent of albums sold in 2013 were categorized as classical.” This is pitiful, about on the level of popularity of genital warts. No one is going toclassical concerts, either: “the percentage of adults who attended a classical concert (even one per year) declined from 13 percent in 1982 to 11.6 percent in 2002, and 9.3 percent in 2008 (with)a further decline to 8.8 percent in 2012.”
So why, then, is this disgraced, near-dead art form accorded such pride of place in these two cultural bellwethers? Rock and roll, Television, Movies, to name three gargantuan cultural innovations have long blown past the dinosaurs of the tuxedo and worldless sawing, but these are arriveste nonentities according to the two old ladies, which makes the reader have to wade through all the useless verbiage about this or that up-and-coming unrecognized nobody on the corporate-donor supported snob tour.
The times should dictate a change – place these unreadable reviews and listings and articles in both papers, if they must, to avoid mass coronary heart attacks from the monied set, but put them in the back. Let the world know that the tables turned, decades upon decades ago. The British raj is dead, and it is only a matter of months before the American raj will be gasping for air. Make these tribunes reflect the death of classical music, and see if the new cultural reality is not a much better,more humanist one.