This is a question on a midterm I just gave.
2. When Simon Frith says that "Value arguments....aren't simply rituals of 'I like/you like'", what does he mean? What else does he think they are?
a. He thinks, in such discussions, we all make claims about what's good and bad is if this were some objective quality that's there in the music (or whatever) that's being discussed.
b. He doesn't mean anything. The whole passage was a long typo that resulted from his cat walking over his computer keyboard. It's amazing that the random keys pressed down by the cat's paws happened to result in a complete, grammatical sentence.
Two students got it wrong.
Now, granted, that means that 22 of them got it right, but still.....