Article Title: Art is all about nuance. Let’s not lose it in the alarmist censorship debate


Article Summary

This article focuses on how art could have different meanings for people; how people feel that their interpretation is always correct and if it does not suit them they call for censorship. The author through this article expresses that art is all about nuance.

She explains how in the last few years censorship, or indeed the cry thereof, has become something of a meme. Some well-meaning group of people, usually from a demographic that is still struggling to achieve full equality, will raise objections to the meaning of a piece of art or literature, sometimes (but notably not always ) request its removal thus making the press go ballistic.

She explains her point of view with the help of certain examples and controversial instances. One of them being the debate about the novel Lolita and the controversy behind it as people had different adaptations of this book . Thus the author concludes that currently we are missing an important moment that if we refuse to listen to one another about art it would become dodgy . She accepts that nuance is unfashionable but it is also the site where most art resides and it would be such a shame if we lost it.

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Words to Learn from this article:

 Crotchety: irritable

Ballistic: to become extremely angry

Nymphs: a mythological spirit of nature imagined as a beautiful maiden inhabiting rivers, woods, or other locations

Acolytes: an assistant or follower

Dodgy: dishonest or unreliable

Nuance: a subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound


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