Political Usefulness Of Art

Read the Washington Post article, “How the News Media Distorts Black Families: A new study shows outlets from Fox to CNN to the New York Times are guilty of misrepresentation,” by Nicole Rodgers and Rashad Robinson, at this link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2017/12/29/a374a268-ea6d-11e7-8a6a-80acf0774e64_story.html?tid=ss_fb-bottom&utm_term=.e9d1d8ccfbf5 (Links to an external site.)

Then, consider the political usefulness of art–fiction, poetry, painting, performance, music, and so on–in identifying and describing social problems. How do the selections this week illustrate social problems? What is the role of art? Especially consider this question in light of how much image making is in the service of creating and maintaining social hierarchies in popular culture. Why is it important that African American art is made widely available and even promoted. Make at least 2 specific, cited references to this week’s reading.

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