I will introduce my self since this is my first time ever using this site or even participating in an organized objectivist community. I first learned about objectivism when reading the Fountainhead in my (Mrs. Oliver's) English class. In a discussion I had with her, I asked if a band's (Rise Against) music would be considered art through the objectivist lens.
My question is not if the band preaches objectivist principles (part of its stance coincides with objectivism while other parts disagree), my question is if an objectivist would consider this art.
The song that we specifically discussed can be found here:
(Give It All)
She said that the screaming could never be considered art.
The lyrics to this song, in a sense, portray man as a heroic being and at his best while also critiquing man.
This song shows that the band is capable of more than screaming:
(Swing Life Away)
The above shows that the indicates that if the band can do more than just scream, Give It All must be presented in a style that helps tell the story of the song, and an acoustic guitar just does not support the theme.
Some other songs if you are interested but not necessarily involved in my argument:
Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
(the title is a quote by Mark Twain)
Prayer of the Refugee
Their songs do portray man at his best in some cases, and critiques man to show how he could be better. Their lyrics have depth that I believe many modern artists lack, I have actually analyzed their lyrics as a poem, and it was very interesting to see the recurring themes.
Anyways, mind helping me out with my question?