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3,594 hits 4.0 (1 vote) Share Favorite | Flag 14 years ago by Matthias

Do artists really contribute something valuable to society?
Does society really need arts/artists or could we just as well live without them?


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14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 8/23/05 - 7:20:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
I believe we could really survive without them.
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 9:07:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/23/2005 7:20:36 PM ang2pang wrote:
I believe we could really survive without them.

I agree but things would be much prettier with artists around
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 9:13:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
Art contributes culture... now if you want to attack something as "not contributing to society" start with marketing and advertisement.
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 9:20:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
Of course they have and do. Arts are an invaluable part of our society.
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 10:16:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/24/2005 9:20:27 AM surrysounds wrote:
Of course they have and do. Arts are an invaluable part of our society.

What exactly makes the arts so invaluable?
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 10:22:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
The affect they have on certain people. The way they are able to distinguish certain cultures and places. The affect on history the arts have had dating back thousands of years. The question is, what would make them not invaluable depictions of human society and history at work? That goes from the days of cave painting to the renaissance to the modern day. Art is a form of expression that can not be otherwise communicated.
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 10:28:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/24/2005 10:16:06 AM CowDung wrote:
What exactly makes the arts so invaluable?

The fact that every human society in history - though some of them certainly didn't just have too much time on their hands or not enough other problems to think about or cope with - came up with art very early in their development makes me think that art is an inherent part of the nature of man; a basic requirement for life and a functioning human society.
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 10:42:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
I use to want to attack art as "not contributing to society" but i have since changed my opinion and beleive that just merely contributes some culture...

In the grand scheme of things it is dwarfed by technology... What would you rather have? the statue of david or a fresh water supply...

I would not say art is invaluable.

14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 10:47:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/24/2005 10:22:42 AM surrysounds wrote:
The affect they have on certain people. The way they are able to distinguish certain cultures and places. The affect on history the arts have had dating back thousands of years. The question is, what would make them not invaluable depictions of human society and history at work? That goes from the days of cave painting to the renaissance to the modern day. Art is a form of expression that can not be otherwise communicated.

The fact that every art museum in the world can burn to the ground today and life will pretty much be unchanged tomorrow (aside from the museaum employees) seems to indicate that it isn't all that important to society...
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 10:48:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/24/2005 10:28:12 AM Matthias wrote:
On 8/24/2005 10:16:06 AM CowDung wrote: What exactly makes the arts so invaluable? The fact that every human society in history - though some of them certainly didn't just have too much time on their hands or not enough other problems to think about or cope with - came up with art very early in their development makes me think that art is an inherent part of the nature of man; a basic requirement for life and a functioning human society.

It may be inherent in nature, but it certainly isn't a 'basic requirement for life'...

14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 10:54:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
"but it certainly isn't a 'basic requirement for life"

No. Your right, it isn't. But it has cultural significance. One could argue that language is not a basic requirement of life. When it comes down to it, the only basic requirements we have are food, water and shelter. And art itself is a broad spectrum of things. Everything from writing to music to architecture. It may not be necessary for human survival, but it has made life much easier and much more enjoyable.

14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 11:02:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
BTW, the question was not 'is art a neccessary prerequisite for human life' but does it 'contribute something valuable to *society*'.
I wouldn't know of any society in history that would go without art. In fact, art is one of the traits that most significantly distinguishes humans from animals.
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 11:05:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
We need artists, they keep the drug dealers in business.
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 11:06:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
We were sort of going off topic a bit..
But as far as the initial question goes;
'Do artists really contribute something valuable to society?'

Yes. Yes They do.

14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 11:10:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
"Story: Does society really need arts/artists or could we just as well live without them?"
I guess we were going by the 'story' part of the question--society could easily live without artists...
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 11:13:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
Art is kind of like a bragging tool for the human race... it's like saying "we so intelligent, we can sustain and still have time to make this stuff that is irrelevant to sustainability"
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 11:18:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think they do
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 11:21:36 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/24/2005 11:05:10 AM BabyStewie wrote:
We need artists, they keep the drug dealers in business.

lmao....yeah they do contribute....
I think that society is better with artists, music (which is a form of art) is a big part of the worlds culture, and for it to suddenly be abolished from this earth would be sad, devastating to some.
I think society would continue to exsist if there was no art, but I don't think life would be as rich and fufilling.
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 1:11:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think we'd survive with out artists but I know I would not be happy w/o them
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 1:18:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
If we didn't have any artists think of how history would have changed.. sure we could survive, but think of how crappy that would be without 'em.
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 2:05:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sure, just not the one who came up with those ridiculous gates up there at the top right. What a load of crap.
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 2:06:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/24/2005 1:18:56 PM tallguy19 wrote:
If we didn't have any artists think of how history would have changed.. sure we could survive, but think of how crappy that would be without 'em.

How would history have been changed?
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 2:13:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/24/2005 2:06:52 PM CowDung wrote:
On 8/24/2005 1:18:56 PM tallguy19 wrote: If we didn't have any artists think of how history would have changed.. sure we could survive, but think of how crappy that would be without 'em. How would history have been changed?

The Greeks contributed to just about everything in Western culture (theatre, writing, sculpting, etc.) Without that initial step, history would be completely different. We wouldn't have comedies, tragedies, literature, philosophy, etc.

14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 2:16:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
We can survive without art, but I don't see how art could vanish. As long as we feel emotion, there will be someone adept at conveying it. Through painting, music, theater, writing, etc, etc. Art may not be necessary to life but it is to culture and to artists.
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 8/24/05 - 2:17:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
"Art may not be necessary to life but it is to culture and to artists."
So art exists because it is necessary to the artists?

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