In Praise of Commercial Culture

In Praise of Commercial Culture

By: Tyler Cowen (author)Paperback

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Does the market economy encourage or discourage music, literature, and the visual arts? Do economic forces of supply and demand help or harm the pursuit of creativity? This book seeks to redress the late 1990s intellectual and popular balance and to encourage a more favourable attitude towards the commercialization of culture that we associate with modernity. Economist, Martin Tyler Cowen argues that the capitalist market economy is a vital but underappreciated institutional framework for supporting both high and low culture, helping consumers and artists refine their tastes, and paying homage to the past by capturing, reproducing, and disseminating it.

About Author

Tyler Cowen is Professor of Economics at George Mason University.


* Introduction * The Arts in a Market Economy * The Market for the Written Word * The Wealthy City as a Center for Western Art * The Developing Market for Music: From Bach to the Beatles * Why Cultural Pessimism? * Notes * Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780674001886
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780674001886
  • weight: 399
  • ISBN10: 0674001885

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