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The belief that technology degrades art -- the myth that literature and technology are separable -- is often merely the contempt of Gentility for Labor. "Commerces degrades literature", says Gentility, "because trade is degrading."

Ironically, the fear that capitalism, mass production, and affordable access mean the death of art is, at present, more closely associated with the academic Left than with the reactionary Right; the Right seems chiefly concerned with abortion, homosexuality, and nudes.

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