Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Ethics? What ethics?


Combining yesterday's rant with last month's rant, we end up with a combo that sort of goes like this:

The Canadian Centre for Architecture, paid (what I assume is good) money to fly, this guy who has been described as "an architectural hipster"

Trevor Boddy, architectural hipster

to Montreal. They are then paying more good money, to put him up at this hotel for a week. By my calculations, that's a cool $2,500 to get a review in this newspaper. Anybody want to guess as to whether or not it will be a positive review?

While junkets have been used for a long time to promote movies, rock 'n' roll bands, and casinos. There are certain newspapers that do not allow it. On the other hand, if it is commonly used for forms of pop culture, why do so many in the visual arts shy away from other means of promotion that are used by pop culture?

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