in Freedom to Offend

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124292
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134918 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the need to be able to recognize and dismiss gratuitous controversy that shocks the public without asking much from it other than to be shocked. It further states that people need controversy in their culture. Offensive art that transgresses cultural boundaries plays a vital role in preserving and not merely challenging aesthetic and moral traditions.

Keywords: gratuitous controversy; controversy; culture; offensive art; cultural boundaries; traditions; aesthetic; moral

Chapter.  2836 words. 

Subjects: Film

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