Saturday, January 21, 2012

Ars Gratia Artis

We note in The Barnstable Patriot that the management of the “new” Barnstable Municipal Airport is throwing a bash on February 15 for the Hyannis, Yarmouth and Cape Cod chambers of commerce. Also invited is the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.

No doubt some Cape Cod artists will see this invitation as a shallow make-nice gesture to an organization which is helping to facilitate the decoration of the airport by encouraging local artists to loan their work gratis.

This corner has no dog in the fight, but we suggest that as a step to help diffuse the contretemps, the airport might also invite the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, repository of a contrary view, as a show of good faith. They might even go so far as to re-cast the event as an art-acquisition fund-raiser.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

SOPA Opera Redux

Can’t help but wonder whether Rupert Murdoch, if his $580M investment in MySpace hadn’t so spectacularly crashed and burned, would be sputtering out tweets accusing the President of “throwing in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters” over the Administration’s negative position vis a vis the seriously flawed SOPA and PIPA bills now pending before Congress,