The Current "Longest Strawman Argument Article" of 2022 is…
Alice Gribbin: The Empathy Racket
Asking artworks to teach people lessons means asking those who engage art to see themselves as morally wanting. As a circumscribed expectation of an art encounter, empathy burdens the mind. The imperative that one corral one’s feelings in a single direction is spirit-smothering, tyrannous.
There may be some elements of truth in this piece, but this article is my current leader for Longest Strawman Argument Article winner of 2022.