Creating Handmade and Mass-Produced Art, Music and Books

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Essay #: 070137
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Creating Handmade and Mass-Produced Art, Music and Books
In his article, "Dub: Defending the Value of the Original in an Age of Duplicates," Schafer makes the argument that there is need to recognize the difference between handmade and personal forms of artistic creation, and those that are what he calls “duplicates,” namely mass-produced goods. Artistic creation, according to Schafer, loses its value when it has to be produced in a high quantity. Schafer suggests that there is a difficulty in valuing things that are duplicates, such as musical recordings, as well as books and other forms of visual art, because of the fact that they no longer represent a real experience. As a result, Schafer makes the argument that, in some ways, we begin...
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.....ipate in art. Our lives are busy ones and we may not have the time for any art at all if we do not have access to the Internet and other modern forms of publishing. At the same time, Schafer’s point of view reminds us all that we need to slow down and think about the meaning of artistic experiences. Over the long term, we will all benefit from being part of a unique experience that we do not share with the world.
References
Marinaro, Timothy. "Searching for profits with Amazon—Inside the book and in the margins." Publishing Research Quarterly 3 (2004): 3-8.
Schafer, R. Murray. "Dub: Defending the Value of the Original in an Age of Duplicates." The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Turning of the World. New York: Destiny Books, 1993.