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“Artists must produce their reputation as a singular commodity on the market, which makes their chief obstacle other would-be artists rather than capitalism as a system, regardless of whatever critical content might inhere in their work. When artists patronize the working class with declarations of solidarity, their vows are motivated less by a desire for social change than by the imperative that they enhance the distinctive value of their personal brand.” – Rob Horning, “Creative Tyranny”

Published inEconomicsLit & CritRob Horning


  1. Reputation as commodity. Yeah, I guess that’s true, though I hadn’t phrased it that way in my thinking before now. I feel loads better about Truth or Dare night now…

    • I figure I can neither run nor hide from my public presence, so I may as well have the courage to affirm it.

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