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  •  No, film is an art form (3+ / 0-)
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    native, sagesource, churchylafemme

    There isn't really any debate on it. Sorry, you lose.

    •  Yeah right. (0+ / 0-)

      I've heard that a thousand times before. Motorcycle maintenance is also an art form, as is cooking and making love, and trimming your toenails.

      "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." - Oliver Hardy

      by native on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 10:21:02 PM PDT

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      •  No, you're wrong. (5+ / 0-)

        And I assume you're smart enough to know that you're wrong and why you're wrong.

        You can bash individual works of art that you didn't like. You can trash an entire medium and say one is superior to another if you like. But to claim that film is not an art form is plainly incorrect.

        It's a bad-faith argument. You can't use your personal opinions about relative quality as the basis for a conclusion about definitions and classification of a medium. It doesn't work that way.

        I'm sure you know this. Don't be dense. It might make you feel good to use that kind of hyperbole, but you know it's false.

        •  No, I do not know my opinion to be false. (0+ / 0-)

          I do acknowledge that it is overwhelmingly opposed, to the point that I might be the only one who holds this viewpoint. None the less, my argument is not a bad faith argument.

          It may be "plainly correct" to you (and most others) that film is an art form, but it is certainly not plainly correct to me.

          Please try to not be so sure about what you think I know, or to assume that I am using hyperbole, when in fact I am not.

          Maybe you have noticed that what is "plainly correct" at one point in time, turns out to have been grossly mistaken at a future point.

          I repeat, film is not art.

          "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." - Oliver Hardy

          by native on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 11:03:24 PM PDT

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