I don't have a lot more to say on this other than to suggest you go and read the whole sordid mess for yourself. Isn't it astonishing that the President of the US is out to corrupt artists and seduce them into working for the collective? What ever happened to artistic integrity? To 'speaking truth to power' and all that jazz? I particularly liked this comment in Nick Gillespie's Post:
Embedded in the discussion is at least one other disturbing point: a nearly lunatic delusion that artists are the vanguard of the proletariat. As Mike Skolnick, the political director for music impresario Russell Simmons, told the participants, the assembled crew “tell our country and our young people sort of what to do and what to be in to; and what’s cool and what’s not cool.” While that command-and-control notion is widely shared by liberals and conservatives alike, it is patently false. Artists and politicians hate to hear this, but the audience does have a mind of its own.
I discuss how art is one of the favorite weapons of the tyrant in this post. Among other points is this:
Now that President Postmodern is in the White House, what's to become of all those poor artists and poets who used to courageously speak "Truth to Power"?
I guess they will be more than happy to devolve into mindless tools of the powerful, yet benevolent, Obama Utopia.
...[D}on't waste your time feeling sorry for all the repulsive second-handers who are voluntarily willing to suborn their "creativity" to pimping for Obama....