Is popular culture good for art? Is entertainment good for your health?
November, 23; 2017. By
In this article we enter, as from time to time it is necessary to do, in thorny terrain. The question is clear: the recently established "popular culture", which invades almost everything, is rarely questioned and this could be one of them, has the triumph of popular culture meant a benefit for the arts in general? And on the other hand, that popular culture, or also called entertainment in some disciplines, is beneficial for health?

The so-called popular culture, which is associated with music and movies that are easy to understand and process, such as music from the 80s of the last century, with a clear exponent such as the singer and dancer Michael Jackson (the king of pop), Madonna in its female version (the queen of pop), or even Britney Spears (the pop princess), has been present since the beginning of time as it is very clearly associated with the so-called folklore or folk art. In cinema, this movement includes, without needing to delve too much, into the universes and films created by, for example, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, who with their Star Wars and Indiana Jones approach cinema to the ordinary population.

While it is true that popular art becomes cult when they are cast over a couple of centuries, as for example the tales of Arabian Nights, processed by Antoine Galland, which were stories of oral tradition, and therefore, popular. In principle, it could be said that popular art is less elevated and is stripped of those elements that can help improve the person and society in general. But sometimes popular art does enjoy these components, and even high art, such as opera, for example, suffers from them.

Obviously all these precepts and thoughts may be valid for some and not for others, since there is always a diversity of opinions. In any case what is expressed in this article is the opinion of the editor. So to speak, all those artistic works, thinking mainly in the cinema, in which a positive message for humanity is not sent, and we understand as a positive message something beyond the pure instantaneous enjoyment of the work (what is known as entertainment), that is, teaching, learning to have better diction and a broader vocabulary (as with reading), or an important and outstanding moral; all those works that do not fit within this profile may not be very positive if they are consumed too much.

That is, the world is going better, that's what it seems, but we all complain if we have earned little with a job or because we do not have a bigger or better house. Money, which like art can be good or bad indistinctly, is a means to get all those things that we sometimes miss in our lives. And it is clear that consuming entertainment, that is, that art thought exclusively to pass the time, that popular culture also called, we are not getting enough skills or knowledge to improve our lives or the future of humanity and the universe in general, so which is like taking a fragment of our lives and throwing it away. It is obvious that not all people in the world have a vocation to improve the world, create something interesting or definitely make something high for all of us. But in this way they do not do something high for themselves, since those who do not work can not complain that they lack money.

It is true that we are currently experiencing a historic moment where in some regions of the world there is a welfare state, such as Europe, part of Asia and the United States, but... will this Pax of wellbeing last forever? Or is some form of war on humanity as a whole lurking? Or will some things change and certain people lose what they had? That is to say, to remain in repose for a universe in constant movement as Lao Tse affirmed and also some Greek philosophical movements, is to put yourself in risk.

For that reason, we are not going to say that "to enjoy" as it is enjoyed with the entertainment or popular culture "is not good", or that "it is sin", or things like that; but we must say that an abuse of these stimuli could be harmful for both the person and for humanity and what is known so far. That is, to remain in a position of rest at all times, without learning anything or without doing something for their own good or that of others, I do not think that is the trend to follow.

Regarding this, animation produced by this creative group make it quite clear, for its themes and for the content itself (very close to the literary world, complementing it, not replacing it) and with a strong message of moral or teaching that what interests us is the positive evolution of the person (without reaching spirituality) and the whole of humanity, as far as possible. And this is the end and the reason why these works are being created.

In short, and as a moral (never or almost never must be absent), art must contribute to the personal and human development and if it does not enjoy these virtues we should not abuse its consumption.