I just read this:

A study just published in the journal Poetics suggests art forms such as literature and classical music “are becoming increasingly more irrelevant for most students’ cultural lives.” This points to “an increasingly precarious position for traditional highbrow culture,” according to a trio of researchers led by the University of Bergen’s Jostein Gripsrud.

So know what bugs me?

I hate the term “highbrow”.

Maybe this is just my problem. I do have a lot of problems, after all.

I read it here.


  1. It’s not just you. Not just because of the gross cultural stereotyping, but also because I can’t quite get my head round the whole ‘brow’ metaphor. (It makes it sound like commercial music is perpetually frowning, now I think about it.)

    Osbert Parsley did a post a couple years back on what he called The Concertina-Brow Manifesto which you have just reminded me of. Looking back at it, I’m not sure whether you’d enjoy it or be irritated by it!

  2. Oh I enjoy the tongue-in-cheek stuff there! Thanks! The fact that, at the end, he says “The Concertina Brow objects strongly to manifestos as being prescriptive and tacky.” works for me! 🙂

    Of course the fact that he doesn’t link to THIS blog … hmm … what to say, what to say? (Kidding; an oboe blog isn’t exactly something many want to bother with!)