Why we have not yet come out of the Post-Modern era

for the time being, the dominant narrative, the meta-narrative, is “whatever the market likes.” That is to say, our aesthetic value hinges on capitalism, economic growth, consumption, and crucially, sales. And even though such a narrative is essentially arbitrary and ugly, it nonetheless dictates our value. In other words, it is a dirty little secret latent in the art world. Continue reading Why we have not yet come out of the Post-Modern era

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Price of telling the Truth: Galileo Galilei

Today, we live in the age of post-truth politics and journalism where blatant lies are shamelessly told and fake news circulates without being adequately challenged or deterred. Indeed, it is the rightful freedom of expression, however, it raises a critical question: Does one’s freedom of expression that disseminates lies and false information interfere, obstruct and hinder others’ right to know the truth? Continue reading Price of telling the Truth: Galileo Galilei

The Price of Telling the Truth: Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis

Telling the truth may not always be a good thing. In fact, if a newly discovered truth conflicts the status quo or a dominant belief of a time that legitimises a powerful institution, not only is the truth repudiated, often vehemently, but also the one that expresses the truth tends to be ostracised and silenced by the authority, like Galileo Galilei. The following story shows another example Continue reading The Price of Telling the Truth: Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis