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  • Connoisseurship is now defined by passion, not traditional expertise
  • Connoisseurship is now defined by passion, not traditional expertise
    Christopher Baker, Creative Commons (2012) ©
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A new breed of connoisseur

Whether coffee or chocolate, pizza or pencils, connoisseurship has become a pastime for the masses. But if anyone can become a connoisseur of anything, will the concept lose its mystique?

Location North America / Northern Europe / Oceania / Western Europe

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“How do we tell if something is good?” asks Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry. “And who tells us that it's good?”  [1] It wasn't so long ago that expertise was an attribute exclusive to experts. Yet, as curator Peter Ride notes, there's been a “shift from expert to amateur, from having gatekeepers to public participation.” [2]

Connoisseurship has become a pastime for the masses. No longer limited to classical music, fine art and the aristocratic hobbies of a byegone age, it can now be applied to almost anything – whether coffee or chocolate, pizza ...

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