Originally Posted by spectator
How is that anything but a semantic difference?
My point is that I'm not sure you can really say that you like a piece of art if you don't enjoy it the way the artist is presenting it to you and you add your own filtration/changes to watch it with different colors.
If an artist presents a piece of art in more than one way, how many pieces of art is that? If I like one cut of Blade Runner
, but not another, does that mean I like Blade Runner
or I don't like Blade Runner
In the past, different presentations of art were clearly labeled and distinguishable from one another. Before the movies, there were plays, and it was certainly possible to like the performance one night and hate it the next night. The first edition of The Hobbit
was different than later editions. If you go to a used book store, you can get whichever one strikes your fancy (although the first edition may cost a bit more...). Now, I happen to like The Hobbit
either way, but if someone claimed to only like the first edition of The Hobbit
and couldn't stand the changes Tolkien made in the later editions, I don't think it would be accurate to claim they weren't really a Hobbit
fan at all, simply because they only liked one of Tolkien's presentations. Now, if they only liked a fan-edited version of The Hobbit
, you'd be on to something, but considering all the color adjustments we're talking about are just an attempt to recapture an earlier presentation and not an attempt to add anything original, it's simply not comparable.