The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2339 Monday, 25 November 2002
From: Sam Small <
Date: Sunday, 24 Nov 2002 16:51:42 -0000
Subject: of Opinion (from SHK 13.2224 Re: Taming of the Shrew
Comment: The Right of Opinion (from SHK 13.2224 Re: Taming of the Shrew
Bob Rosen's response to my post missed the point badly.
"There are very intelligent folks who can't run a computer." he says. I
was talking about taste or rather 'opinion'. There is no accounting for
opinion whereas the reason why someone knows nothing about computers is
they have learned nothing about computers. You cannot learn to like
something. However, you may change your mind about something through an
extended exposure to it - and then again you might not.
He further says "To say Mozart's music is 'spiritless, clever-clever,
computer-esque, soulless, two dimensional, repetitive and tuneless' is
an act of intellectual vandalism. That's like setting fire to a great
library because you hate books."
Again missing the point. I wasn't declaring my intention to destroy
Mozart by fire, I merely said I thought his music was rubbish.
He goes on, "It's enough to say that you don't dig Mozart personally for
reasons you keep to yourself, thereby permitting others to decide about
Mozart for themselves without being influenced by a partisan opinion."
This sort of suggested censorship of someone else's opinion would sit
well in any totalitarian state. I find the crass, parroted view that
"Mozart is a genius, etc." offensive and irritating. And no, I won't
keep my Mozart views to myself - unless you do, Bob.
Finally, and most patronisingly, "When you have the time, please take in
a good performance of Don Giovanni. You might reconsider your initial
estimation of Wolfgang Amadeus. Give genius a chance."
I heard it - and hated it.
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