One of the traditional roles assigned to art is the critique of society. The methods by which art critiques society (or groups in society, or other artists), are several, but fall into two major categories; implicit and explicit.
Implicit critique of society is normally accomplished by establishing an alternate order, or "stating" what should be. It can also be accomplished by extending the current order to the point of absurdity, or inflecting it in such a way that hidden flaws are revealed. Explicit critique is accomplished by associating negative ideas with either the entire order, or with elements of the order.
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