Tuesday, March 28, 2006

A Sense of Proportion

One reason I like reading 1920s articles: Pásmo puts the department for “Divadlo, kabaret, cirkus” on the same page as “Socialismus a třídní boj.” Socialism and class struggle are important, but shouldn’t be allowed to get the idea that they are more significant than entertainment.

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Anonymous lawrence said...

Of course it can be seen a different way. Instead of the arts being seen as mere "entertainment" it elevates them to being equally important to class struggle and politics.

also weren't newspapers smaller in those days?

March 28, 2006 1:25 PM  
Blogger Karla said...

True, and I did hesitate over calling theater mere entertainment.

I didn't mention that Pásmo was a Brno Devětsil journal and therefore had an ideological belief in the importance of popular entertainment. Circuses and fairs rated highly in the Devětsil worldview.

Newspapers had fewer pages, usually, but were usually on large pages. Pásmo looks like your basic nicely designed interwar art-and-politics journal.

March 28, 2006 9:37 PM  
Anonymous Dirk said...

This is a test to see if I can make a comment

April 03, 2006 6:37 PM  

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