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      [13.12.06] [3:AM]
    Never Mind The Art Bollocks
    In lieu of a festive Bad Faith column, 3:AM readers are directed to David Thompson's hefty essay in the latest issue of Eye: the International Review of Graphic Design. In 'Art Bollocks Revisited', our resident rationalist notes the prevalence of gibberish and political conformity in the art world and traces its roots to the ideological contortions of the postmodern left, where bad faith abounds:

    "In its political aspect, postmodernism is almost entirely a left wing phenomenon, placing great emphasis on alleged power relationships, real or imagined, and denouncing everything from clear textual meaning to notions of an independent and comprehensible reality as tools of political 'oppression'. This enormously tendentious position has coloured great swathes of art education and cultural criticism, often blunting analytical clarity in favour of an oppositional stance couched in gratuitous jargon. The more sceptical among us might suspect that the unintelligible nature of much postmodern 'analysis' is a convenient contrivance, if only because it's difficult to determine exactly how wrong an unintelligible analysis is."

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