Arts & Entertainment industry in this country? Well, I think that oxymoron is a major part of our trouble. Arts & entertainment really have nothing to do with each other. By lumping them the Industry ($$$$) has been more easily able to drain all the good juices from both areas while apathetic, tasteless millions ignore the situation or mindlessly become part of the problem, the problem being the decline of the arts, taste, understanding, civility, etc. A great example would be the unfolding of the TV era, one of the most recent arts-entertainments. Its history starts with mostly quality programming. I'm talking about commercial TV. Advertisers were once proud to support quality. Their products were sure to be seen. There were only 3 networks. As the industry developed, and more channels came onto the scene, Nielsen ratings did, too. Maybe it was just curiosity at first, but advertisers soon decided to support the programs with the most viewers. Evil $$$$$ basing decisions on the mass public, who, of course, largely know and care nothing about quality. <P>This observer, looking over the 20th C sees a relatively healthy state of the arts infected by a $$cancer$$ that has taken that relatively healthy organism and obliterated it so that there are only islands of healthy thinking left. Let's pat ourselves on the back for being one of those islands. Ranting here may be therapeutic, but we need to take our message (tactfully) beyond the bulletin board. Trying to get school boards to improve arts education may seem like exercises in futility, but try to light that one candle wherever you are. Good luck.<BR>Shos<P>I'm embarrassed to get so preachy so often, but there's plenty bottled up here, too.