Art and politics.

/Art and politics.

Some people believe that awards should be wholly apolitical, as if their selection of What Is Best could be as antiseptic and sterile as measuring the temperature of a cup of water. This is nonsense. Merely by being about “the best”, all awards split people into two factions at least – those who do and do not agree with the selections. Two factions trying to get a human organization to choose the thing they want it to choose – that’s the definition of politics. Whether it’s an industry award, a public vote, or five elites in a room reading everything and having to choose one, the selection process generates a statement, and the creation of that statement will necessarily be political in some fashion.

–Robert Jackson Bennett on politics.

2015-04-15T08:32:07+00:0022nd April, 2015|Tags: books, culture, hugo awards, politics|