Gre Issue Essay

794 WordsDec 18, 20134 Pages
Even though sales numbers of pop musicians can be high, their fame may interfere with the assessment of the quality of their performances. This is one of the reasons why some persons state that real talent of a popular musician cannot accurately be assessed until the musician has been dead for several generations so that his fame does not interfere with hones assessment. However, as will be shown in the following, a good, honest assessment of an artist's talent is possible during his or her lifetime even if an artist enjoys great popularity. The first and foremost reason for why the assessment of talent is not necessarily biased by an artist's fame is that the fame itself may be taken as a good, economic indicator of said talent. This may have been true in the past, but today, in our market-driven societies, it is not left to some critics to decide who is talented and who not. Rather, fame is often a result of pure talent; if an artist is talented enough, she or he may reach popularity through shows like “Britain’s Got Talent” or by going “viral” online, as Justin Bieber did. Therefore, fame should be rather considered a confirmation and result of talent; without it, artists would not overcome the popular scrutiny of thousands who participate online and through their votes by telephone. Even if fame is a result of talent, one should also consider that talent could be questioned and further tested more easily if an artist is still alive. For example if a musician's ability to hit a certain note is questioned, his or her current concerts may be used to assess such doubts. On the other hand, once several generations have passed, it becomes merely impossible to generate such scrutiny. Take Mozart as an example. How do we know whether he was only a good composer or whether he was also a great performer? Any assessment of such new questions has to be based on

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