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Arts once removed

January 8, 2009
The British TV channel Sky Arts will be broadcasting English National Opera's production of "La Boheme." Nothing new there.

The twist is that it will, simultaniously, broadcast a live, behind-the-scenes, view. See story here.

If both were offered here, I'd guess that the backstage view would attract a larger audience. At least, that's the one I'd be most likely to watch.

I'm not proud about this, but in books and on TV, I'm increasingly drawn to the story-about rather than the story itself. I read more books about theater than I read plays themselves. I don't read many magazines, but I just finished a book about the history of the groundbreaking publication "Spy." I haven't seen a Red Skelton film in a long time, but I just read Wes D. Gehring's "Red Skelton: The Mask Behind the Mask."

I can't help but wonder if my experience is typical of others. With more "reality" programming on TV and more pull-back-the-curtain offerings from arts organizations, are we becoming a once-removed culture? Or does this obsession with process increase our appreciation of the art itself?

Your thoughts?
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