Kurt Vonnegut and the tribe of 50

May 10th, 2011 by Zirk van den Berg § 0 comments § permalink

On rereading Kurt Vonnegut’s Bluebeard, I discovered that an idea I had thought of as my own for many years turned out to be one of his. My apologies.

The idea is this: In primitive tribes of 50 or so people, if you were the best dancer, storyteller, painter or whatever in the group, that would be your role. However, in the modern world, mass media make it possible for people to see paintings, stories, dances, etc. by people who aren’t just the most talented out of 50, but » Read the rest of this entry «

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