in defence of sincerity

I like Perry’s desire for – and interest in – sincerity (in direct opposition to irony). The challenge perhaps is to be informed enough in order to make a stand or take a position, rather than hover at a distance, or comment from the wings.

Ironic distance – you disown what you say to a certain extent. Yes, I stand accused, probably because there’s nothing more shocking than sincerity in modern culture. Irony is the default position of so much of our culture now. Unless you use irony you seem quite unsophisticated because you haven’t considered both sides of the argument.

— Grayson Perry http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/oct/13/grayson-perry-reith-lectures-artist-interview

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