Aphorisms on Consumerism and Genius
by Joseph Suglia
In consumer culture, genius is reduced to the level of vulgarity. And vulgarity is elevated to the level of genius.
Everyone gets an award, and everyone is famous, which means that no one is famous.
The real problem is this—everyone is an artist, which means that no one is an artist. Everything is a work of art, which means that nothing is a work of art. There is a general lack of aesthetic discrimination, and this can be seen in the rise of the hipster and in the rise of self-publication, unfortunately. A novel is published every five minutes.