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Thread #97052 Message #1905485
Posted By: GUEST
10-Dec-06 - 02:01 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: What are the Motives of the Re-definers?
Subject: RE: Folklore: What are the Motives of the Re-definers?
It does help to separate the 'what is folk' debate from the 'what is trad' debate.
I don't think many would say trad wasn't folk. But anyone trying to define 'folk' is heading for failure. The term is now so widely defined that there's no point in trying to narrow it down.
Saying something is or isn't folk is pointless. Call it what you like, let other people call it what they like. Just have an opinion on whether it touches you or not.
But trying to sort out the Trad Tangle is, however, a challenge we should embrace, because of the confusions and damage caused by these conflicting definitions. I don't think this has anything to do with class or pseudo intellectualism, it about having a way of communicatin which doesn't lead to conflict.
The problem is not the individual definitions - they are all correct in themselves and they all define something which can be clarly understood by everybody if other words are used.
The problem is ONLY that we use the same word for four very things - and then fight over who has the right to that word. It's like Jerusalem!
Whoever said we should ban the word Traditional had a good point! (Oh, it was me :-)