The entire capitalist project, if given a free rein by society will continue sacking the market until it runs dry. They give a strong justification for this. Like a host-parasite relationship, capitalists cannot destroy the market because by doing so it is imperiling their very existence, they say. This is a straight-face lie.
The academe and the art watchdogs in the country were infuriated by the news of Pagbabalik ng Panday winning the Best Picture award in the Metro Manila Film Festival. Since when did a self-respecting film festival consider box office gross in choosing the highest award in the competition? Beyoncé is not a better musician than Mozart just because she has sold more CDs than the Austrian composer. Or that Titanic is a better film than Citizen Kane just because the James Cameroon-directed film earned a billion kaching.
But how do we explain this to the public? How do we make them understand that the film that entertains them is not art and the boring film they do not give a damn is something the hypocrites on the artistic ivory tower consider high art?