Dyers - Entertainment And Utopia

  • musicals conceived as 'pure entertainment' - the prime determinant of them.
  • What the musical is assumed to be, how it is entertainment, is decided by the people responsible for providing it in concrete form.
  • descriptions of entertainment as 'escape' and 'wish-fulfilment' point to its central idea, utopianism. The utopianism is contained in the feelings it embodies.
  • music as a non-representation icon works as we are emotionally moved by it, but its the least obvious representation of reality.
  • Tap dancing, as an example, works not because of the music and rhythmic movement, but because of the signs in a given culture at a given point of time.
  • The specificity of entertainment's utopia comes to the temporary answers to the inadequacies of society which is to be escaped from through entertainment.
  • examples of social tension and utopian solution
  1. Scarcity = abundance
  2. Exhaustion = energy
  3. Dreariness = Intensity
  4. Fragmentation = community
  • Consider that the problems of class, race, and sexual caste are denied validity as problems by the dominant.
  • "entertainment provides alternative to capitalism which will be provided by capitalism". Through capitalism, we are able to see the possibilities of a utopian society, but it's not given to us.

Three forms of musical: clear separation of numbers and narrative, those that retain division between narrative as problems and numbers as escape, world of the narrative as utopian.

Note Created by
Is this note helpful?
Give kudos to your peers!
Wanna make this note your own?
Fork this Note