The Conceptual Art movement elevated ideas over traditional artistic values like discernment and craftsmanship. Maybe those displaced values needed a home. Is that why suddenly everything outside the realm of art is now “crafted,” “artisanal” or “curated”?
You’ve heard of artisanal beer, bread and gift-wrapping. Now a Hudson Valley craftsman is offering artisanal pencil sharpening. Once you get your hands on one of these hand-sharpened pencils you’re ready to “craft” a sentence. Nobody “writes” any more.
Curating an art exhibition is so 20th century. Now the whole world is ripe for curation. For example, “Curated links” have nothing to do with tasty cured sausage meats, but everything to do with showing the discrimination and taste of a website builder. But when I read about some highfalutin bar serving “curated cocktails,” I was ready to dump my pint of Guinness on somebody’s head.