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  1. I’m inclined to agree, having seen what passes for “creativity” in some circles.

    It’s difficult to find a solution to the problem, however, for two reasons:

    1) In current arts circles, once you move out of the realm of the big competitions (e.g. the Archibald prizes) or things like the established arts (e.g. opera, dance, music, etc.) where there’s established critics, who is it that is qualified to pass judgment on these things? Or who’s going to pass judgment and have their judgment respect?

    2) History tells us that in the cases where there *were* critics who passed judgment, they inevitably turned out to have canned the stuff that we now consider brilliant (e.g. the symphonies of Beethoven and Mahler spring to mind). Under the circumstances, who knows what stuff from this era is going to be considered brilliant in 100 years’ time?

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