Good taste  

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Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing. [Good] taste is the enemy of creativity. --Picasso, unsubstantiated [1]


The best salami for everyone! -- Italian Communist Party via General Knowledge, Stephen Bayley


The concepts of "good taste" are intricately woven into society's control process and class structure. Aesthetics are not an objective body of laws suspended above us like Plato's supreme "Ideas"; they are rooted in the fundamental mechanics of how to control the population and maintain the status quo.


Our sophisticated, "democratic" Western civilization regulates the population's access to information, as well as its innermost attitudes, through media--particularly film and video. The power to literally create desire, fashion, consumer trends, opinions, aspirations and even one's very identity is expressed through film and video. This force--power through persuasion--reaches deep into the backbrain, rendering more brutal, physical control tactics obsolete. Since the '60s, film has ceased being a popular creative medium. --Vale and Juno, 1985 in Incredibly Strange Films (1986) - V. Vale , Andrea Juno

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Good taste refers to something aesthetically pleasing or conforming to expectations or ideals of what is appropriate.

Memphis Design Group

Ettore Sottsass conceived the Memphis Group, an eighties phenomena in the field of furniture and object design. Memphis explored a visual language outside of the limiting canons of "good taste," blurring the boundaries between "high" or popular culture and mass-produced "ordinary" consumer goods.

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