All art is manipulation

It’s the day for astute quotes by intellectual luminaries, I guess. Ken Burns on editing his new documentary:

“And you have to be very careful. All art is manipulation. That’s a huge responsibility; we’re manipulators. We have to be sure that this manipulation is done in the service of honorable ideas. We were all committed about it. We thought about it every day. And we wept ourselves.”

Or, as rhetcomp would say, all texts are rhetorical, though Burns’s comments have a Platonic/Isocratic vibe to them – “in the service of honorable ideas.” – and an assumption that emotions are the primary appeal.

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