The beautiful thing about blogging is that you start seeing things as connected. Today I was reading Along Some Rivers, Photographs and Conversations with Robert Adams. In an interview from 2005, Adams is asked, “What disappoints you most about America now?” His answer:
The tyranny of popular culture – the widespread confusion of coarseness with strength, of loudness with significance, of novelty with value. On public radio, for example, Terry Gross spends hours discussing the minutiae of trash TV and movies. For which there is always this cost: those who think and create in more discriminating ways are left less understood and less supported, exactly where corporate America wants them to be left – marginalized, posing no threat to commercial advertising and political propaganda.
After reading this I received an email alerting me that some pictures I’d taken for Blackbook magazine (not yet on the stands) had been reproduced in Star Magazine. I’m not going to go as far as equating Terry Gross with trash media, but maybe I should be worried when I get excited about seeing my name in Star (with an exclamation mark, no less!):