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Faux Outrage

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While triangulating whether tame-by-today’s-standards The Lovers constituted “hard-core pornography” for the purposes of First Amendment protection, Justice Potter Stewart once penned (typewriter’d?) one of the most famous, least helpful phrases in U.S. Supreme Court history: “I know it when I see it.” And while it’s fun to pretend this quote matters, Stewart’s pseudo-standard for obscenity is not the standard used today.  In any case, I think we all understand what the Justice was trying to convey, even if he did so in a way that was unhelpful hard-core pornography producers of yore.

We know it when we  see it.

To that end, I think we (the laymen and laywomen) all use this standard for what we consider to be “good art.”  Below you will find a video of Kseniya Simonova’s “sand animation” performance on the (real) show Ukraine’s Got Talent where she portrays life during the USSR’s Great Patriotic War against the Third Reich in World War II.  It must be seen to be believed. (Warning: You will be emotionally impacted by sand and music.)

As a card-carrying member of the ADHD Instant-Gratification Club (“ADHDIGC”), I am inspired to share any 8 minute video that captures my full and undivided attention.

This is good art.  You will know it when you see it.

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