Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/07/20

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Off-Topic: Butchering Eisenstaedt
From: "Noel H. Charchuk" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 06:13:04 -0600 (MDT)

I can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking about Robin
Hood, so I must be an intoolektuol!  But I have to admit, sometimes I do
think about The Lone Ranger when I hear it!!! ;)

On Mon, 20 Jul 1998, Alex Brattell wrote:

> >     I can understand the argument that "every time a piece of music or art 
> >     is used [commercially] cheapens the original," but I disagree.  I 
> >     think art is not so fragile, not so easily cheapened as that.  And, on 
> >     the contrary, one could as easily conclude that the "misappropriation" 
> >     brings the art, however briefly and with whatever distortion, into the 
> >     awareness of some who otherwise might never experience it.  Who knows! 
> >     I can only say that such use never "cheapens the original," or "erodes 
> >     the reputation of the creator," for me.  
> Absolutely!!
> I have heard that the definition of an intellectual is someone who can
> listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of Robin Hood.
> Bad use of good work can at least spread the word - the quality of the
> original will still get through and awake someone's interest in the source.
> If we are oversensitive about such aesthetic squalor we'd just fume all day
> - there's so much of it about.
> And yet, sometimes what gets me going is the thought that people are
> actually paid to inflict such terrible ideas on the rest of us (especially
> true of car and financial services advertisements)
> Best wishes from the Ivory Tower
> Alex