From today’s reading

“Kitsch, using for raw material the debased and academicized simulacra of genuine culture, welcomes and cultivates this insensibility [to genuine culture]. It is the source of its profits. Kitsch is mechanical and operates by formulas. Kitsch is vicarious experience and faked sensations. Kitsch changes according to style, but stays always the same. Kitsch is the epitome of all that is spurious in our times. Kitsch pretends to demand nothing of its customers except their money—not even their time.” Clement Greenberg, “The Avant-Garde and Kitsch.”

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