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Paul A. Cantor

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Paul A. Cantor is Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English at the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty vs. Authority in American film and TV. He is the co-editor, with Stephen Cox, of Literature and the Economics of Liberty. See his interview in the Austrian Economics Newsletter.

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8. The Rise of the Motion Picture

Media and Culture

07/28/2006Audio/Video
The motion picture is purely commercial art. Lack of taste can earn a producer a fortune. This is the perfect intersection of commerce and culture. Most movies are bad, but many are very good. The movie form is so recent, that its history is right there to see. It was just a novelty item at first.
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9. When is a Network Not a Network?

Media and Culture

07/28/2006Audio/Video
Television is not better because you don’t want it to be. The relation of government and television and movies are certainly not free markets, just relatively free markets. TV has always been in a regulated environment. TV is licensed by the federal government.
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6. The Economics of Modernism

Media and CultureCalculation and Knowledge

07/27/2006Audio/Video
Modernism was a reaction to mass culture and totalitarianism government support. Are artists better off being shielded from markets and commercial pressures? There are pluses and minuses to commercial systems.
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7. Totalitarianism and the Arts in the 20th Century

Media and CultureWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

07/27/2006Audio/Video
Art can flourish under any conditions. Many falsely imagine that commercialization is always a bad thing, but the commercial system has produced great art, too. Totalitarianism and modernism is the last thing anyone wants to say anything good about.
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4. The Economics of Classical Music: Patronage vs. the Market

Media and CultureCalculation and Knowledge

07/26/2006Audio/Video
There was a conflict between patronage and the market in music, as reflected in the book, Quarter Notes and Banknotes. The classical music tradition is traced back to Paris. The Court of Burgundy in the 14 th and 15 th Century begins to get interesting.
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