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The Invisible Hand in Popular CultureLiberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV$
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Paul A. Cantor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813140827

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813140827.001.0001

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Popular Culture and Spontaneous Order, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tube

(p.1) Introduction
The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture

Paul A. Cantor

University Press of Kentucky

The introduction lays the methodological foundation for the book by showing why it is possible to take films and television shows seriously as works of art. It counters the common argument that the conditions of production in popular culture prevent genuine artistic achievement in film and television. It demonstrates that elite culture is often characterized by just the kind of multiple authorship and haphazard creative procedures that are said to preclude artistic quality in film and television. The introduction offers a feedback model of artistic creation, in which works improve over time as a variety of hands contribute to shaping them and audience reaction helps guide film and television producers. The introduction develops the idea of spontaneous order, as formulated by Friedrich Hayek—another name for Adam Smith's invisible hand.

Keywords:   film, television, spontaneous order, Friedrich Hayek, Adam Smith, Invisible Hand

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