When art is at its extreme, it loses meaning for the average listener or viewer. [ABSTRACT PAINTING]. And because most people won’t connect, it usually ends up gaining a niche following >> only a small number of people appreciating it.
For example, personally I struggle to connect with rappers who still use Boom Bap beats. In 2021?! Yo. But that’s just me. I know a good number who still love it. But it’s certainly not mainstream.
When entertainment is at its extreme the entertainer often gives up their humanity and dignity [CLOWN]. The work is also often shallow and lacks longevity and innovation. People end up conforming to a template.
For example, Pop music… sometimes it sounds like everyone is doing the same song over and over. Another example: rap music… sometimes it sounds like everyone is either Future, Wayne or Drake’s kid. Music that’s shallow is easy for the masses to digest, so it gets a lot of plays. But because it lacks depth, it means people get tired of it quickly. So they’re always moving on to the next new release.
Art and entertainment at their best is when they possess high value. This is evidenced by when pieces of art are appreciated by the masses and when entertainment retains the integrity of the craft and offers more than amusement i.e education, unity, social change etc as it makes money.
The above statements are oversimplifications, but I’m sure you get the point. Art and Entertainment at their extreme end are not as beneficial as when they’re balanced with an adequate amount of either.