Nabokov, Orwell, and the Inflated Value of Knowing

“Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.” -Mark Twain

In this rant-post I want to make an argument against a form of art that is created for its ability to spread awareness in regards to contemporary social issues. I want to show how this kind of art, whether it be painting, photography, writing, etc. isn’t just ineffective but usually harmful to the social progress desired by the originator of the artwork. I also want to assert the importance of certain insights and aesthetic styles that should be considered vital factors for artmakers involved in either their own autonomous development, or an altruistic Orwellian undertaking; ultimately arguing that a lack of these factors – combined with the supposedly noble goal of spreading consciousness – is a recipe that magnifies apathy. Continue reading