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    Literature that corrupts us

    Do writers have no moral responsibility? In fact writers are shapers of a society and it is their ideas that people read and internalize and if these writers have no sense of what mpact their pieces of creation will have on general people their art will be detrimental to the society.

    Children particualry have fertile minds and anything new to them will be cultured and grow in their minds and ultimately such ideas will mold their modes of thinking and live the kind of life they idealize and at times based on whay they read.

    That Children predicate on ideas and writers, poets and statemen are idea formulators and it lies slley in them to mislead and lead these young minds.

    This is totally in the context of some writers whose works I have read and could remian without responding them. People write to be famous and to earn people's acclaim and to meet these ends they took either of the ways: a crooked way or an ethical way. Mostly the first way sets a writer in immense populalrity at times overnighly and writers who are not sensible and uncaring about how their works corrupt their readers indulge in such writings.

    Writing is a medium thru which writers can infuse their ideas into their readers in a such an artistic way they assimilate them without demur.

    The writer whom I idolize and whose works I idealize is Leo Tolstoy. I bet no one will go untransferred after reading his books deeply and absorbingly. He is simply matchless. He was so senstive towards people' s ifeelings and the aftereffect of them on their courses of living.

    But today writers indifferent of how it will damage and mislead and get them astray occupy themsleves in writing things with a preoccupation of fame and money.

    This is an urge that writers take a little of care prior to going public: to be a little acountable for what impact their writings will have on virgin minds.
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    A writer can have whatever morals he/she wants. It doesn't matter what you think, don't read it if you don't like it.

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    Blaze,

    have you ever read Fahrenheit 451? It talks a good deal about defining good and bad texts and people's response to those who think they can.
    I've always found it rather exciting to remember that there is a difference between what we experience and what we think it means.


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    My own perspective relative to responsibilities innate to an art, whether it be writing or any other expression of medium, is this: an artist must perform his art free of constraint, including self-censorship, if the true manifestation of any aritsts dream is to be realized.
    It is the audience which must apppreciate or not appreciate an artists presentation. And a young audience must be directed in their studies, and do not, generally, have access to materials, or art, of an insensitive nature.

    Though there are exceptions to most rules, and inquisitive young minds WILL constantly explore, it is the art of the exploration that carries the importance, not what they see. Allow the young to use their minds, forgive the odd youth lost in the translation or perception. This will happen. But don't censor the world of expression to accomodate the few..............

    P.S. blazeofglory, are you really in Katmandu????

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    I do agree that authors do have a responsibility to be ethical, but also readers have the responsibility to decide for themselves what they choose to believe and act upon.

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    I agree. Life is about expression...so when it comes to the arts I think people have the right to express what they see and how they feel. I think art, literature, dancing, music etc. has a piece of the artist in it. Would you want someone bleeping out a part of your story?

    I think personal standards/morals/ethics are different in every person...somethings I think are wrong, although another might view them as good.

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    I think that artists have just as much a responsibility to be ethically pure as does everyone else: that is, it is of the utmost importance. What good is art if it is actually BAD? And I mean that in the literal sense. What "artistic value" can come from the creation of the morally depraved? Perhaps I'm missing something, but, if not, I don't see how there can be disagreement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by weepingforloman View Post
    I think that artists have just as much a responsibility to be ethically pure as does everyone else: that is, it is of the utmost importance. What good is art if it is actually BAD? And I mean that in the literal sense. What "artistic value" can come from the creation of the morally depraved? Perhaps I'm missing something, but, if not, I don't see how there can be disagreement.
    I don't understand what you mean by morally depraved. I know what the words mean, I'm not special...but I don't get what you are saying.

    I'm not trying to say, well Paint Porn...or dance all perverted like or create really nasty music or write the most disturbing and unethical thing ever.

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    I don't think that "writers are shapers of society". They may criticize it, they may point out some things they consider bad or appraise some things they consider good; but the fact that someone has the talent to write, does not make them better persons than the rest of us. They are, after all, only common humans. Which is why they don't have real authority or power to change anything.

    They are free to expresss their own views, experiences (assuming we're talking about literature not some hate material which just abuses the concept of "art").

    Of course, it's different with children literature. But then, little children don't buy books themselves; it's up to their parents to see if the book is suitable for their children, if it is in accordance with their worldview, religion, values they'd like to pass to their children. And when children are big enough to buy books themselves, they are usualy able to judge if the book is "good" or "bad" - or, at least "mum wouldn't like me to read this book". But even if they'd decide to read such books, it wouldn't corrupt them thoroughly the moment they'd finish it... They could be corrupted, if they read lots of such books, met "bad" friends who'd encourage them into it, etc... but then, if their parents don't step in, or if they even don't know about it - then there's something seriously wrong in the family...

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    Quote Originally Posted by weepingforloman View Post
    I think that artists have just as much a responsibility to be ethically pure as does everyone else: that is, it is of the utmost importance. What good is art if it is actually BAD? And I mean that in the literal sense. What "artistic value" can come from the creation of the morally depraved? Perhaps I'm missing something, but, if not, I don't see how there can be disagreement.
    Ethically pure?? Ethically pure art??? Art and ethics do not occupy the same plane of existence.

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    After reading the topic title, the book that came to mind was...the Bible.
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    Same here Dorian, ever since you're small your parents talk about god, they make you read the bibble, koran, talmud and counterless religious texts. what could be worse than that? a world without religion would be a better world.
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    My parents never talked about that since they too are atheist.
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    Lucky! I got talked catholicism in one ear and Satanism in the other. Both my parents hate now that I'm a wiccan
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    They're probably praying for your possessed soul right now.
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