The Role of Art

What is the purpose of art in society?

A person once said that art is pointless to me. Art is meant to inspire, to savor and to embrace what makes us human.

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Japanese cartoon, Pokemon. Everybody loves Pikachu, right?

In society it can bring people closer or even distance people. Look at subcultures such as the otakus that love anime and anything Japanese. They love certain forms of art and formed thier own group around it. Yet, it can make people distant from others if they cannot relate. 

It can be used to persuade others. Take for instance the art of Banksy. He has created graffiti art to comment on everyday life and persuade the viewer to think differently about war, for instance.

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It can have negative affects on people as well as good. Magazines show women to be a certain weight and this adds pressure to society to be a particular weight. This can cause psychological problems with perception of the self aka bulima or anorexia. . . . .

16-year-old model Lululeika Ravn Liep accused of being anorexic

The purpose of art in society could literally be a book. Hell, it probably is one. These are just some things I came up with. What do you think? What is the purpose of art in society? Is it pointless?