Art On The Defensive

Is the world of art becoming cowed by a culture that is increasingly hostile to anything that smacks of intellectualism? “Faced with pre-emptive, Internet-driven attacks on what they might do or say at any given moment — and self-fulfilling prophesizing as to whom they surely will offend — movie stars, comedians, even news anchors, increasingly spend their time in reactive mode. Good art — and lively entertainment — sets agendas. Defensive art typically is unwatchable.”