Last week, I was hanging out with a couple of friends and I mentioned an electronic music artist that I had heard about in the context of “shows I would actually go to.” I don’t like shows any more (not a position- just can’t help it…social anxiety / burnt on rock clubs, etc.) but I saw this…
I agree. Especially the part about Derrida. Fuck Derrida!
But in all seriousness, and speaking of Derrida, not only do people do this with music/art/movies, but also with things like philosophy. Yes, I majored in philosophy. No, I do not want to have a conversation about (insert philosopher here) regardless of whether I have read them or not. No, I am not impressed that you have, and I probably don’t care what you think on the subject. submit it in the form of an essay rather than your vague and rambling thoughts and I might be interested.
- Men: Not ALL men.
- Men to their daughters: Yes, all men. Every single one of them.
YES. I’m tired of all of you pretentious assholes saying that I’m not “really reading” because I use a kindle.
Yes, you are reading.You are just reading a “lesser” form of book. Reading isn’t just reading the words on a page/screen, it’s smelling the book, new or old, it’s wearing the books spine out after rereading it for the X’th time, it’s leaving crease marks on a page you flipped too fast because you were that eager to get to the next page, and most of all, it’s losing yourself in a book to the point where the world around you no longer exists. And I, for one, cannot lose myself in an electronic screen. The words of a real book take on a depth that cannot ever be recreated on anything electronic. So you may be reading a book, but you will never truly experience a book unless you read it in a printed medium.
lol this pretentious bullshit. “The words of a real book take on a depth that cannot ever be recreated on anything electronic.” i mean really. anyway, the words of your reblog have no depth or meaning to me since i’m reading them in electronic form, but u tried it
"it’s losing yourself in a book to the point where the world around you no longer exists" - Gee, you mean losing yourself to the point where facts like the smell of paper And a trivial concern for the format no longer matter? Seems like you just contradicted yourself there. "lesser form of a book"?! Seriously?! That’s basically saying that your aesthetic preferences form the metric by which things should be judged. I believe that is the very definition of pretension.
PS. I probably own more books than you, and I love my tablet.
June 13, 2014
by Paul Blest
One of my favorite things to read on the Internet on a daily basis is the Self Defense Family Tumblr.
Awhile back, I posted something about elitism in the underground music scene. Someone (they know who the fuck they are ;) Got rather defensive about my bringing up cassette tapes. But I get it, I really do. A cassette tape will sell, and bands need money on the road.
To be clear, I am on the side of musicians out there playing shows and making music. None the less, there are politics to “scenes” that I have grown more loathsome of year by year. This article about fans not wanting to pay fair price for music and being entitled is a good example of the sort of self sabotage I have always disliked. Success is the enemy.
When I was a teenager, most scene people acted like there was a clear battle line between underground and mainstream. Those jokes about people who name drop bands you have never heard of to sound cool exist for a reason. The reason is that such people actually exist. I have met more then I ever cared to. “If it is popular, then I am not special for liking it” seems to be the mentality. And you see the echos of this anti-mainstream mentality in branding people that want to make a modest profit of their merch so they can have gas money as “following the corporate model”. They are trying to use half baked notions of ideology to screw over bands so they save a few dollars on an LP. Self serving and hypocritical. SUPPORT MUSIC YOU ENTITLED FUCKS!
(Side note: this is part of the reason I am not an anarchism. Most self-styled anarchists I have encountered are the last sort of people I would want to be in an anarchic society with. People can be self serving to the point of sabotaging others. Case in Point: See Article above)
Returning to the issue of the self-sabotaging (or should I say fan sabotaging) of underground music, people who do not understand that recording music and touring cost money and therefor complain about the price of shows and merch are not living in reality. They are living in their own self-serving fantasy land.
"But Peter! I saw this documentary on the internet about a resource economy where everything is free, so I think everything should be free. Only evil corporate scum make money!"
I have a rope, and a beam in my basement you can swing from. Your ideological vision of a utopia is not the reality we live in. Deal with it. Or go torrent the new Katie Perry album if you want free music. Don’t want to support Punk music? Then don’t complain when it withers and dies.
(PS: Quick ideology lesson - putting your own interests above others = basis of capitalism. Mutual support and solidarity = leftist [allegedly the values of punk rock]. As the article points out, these entitled fans are clearly on the side of capitalism, no matter what ideological smoke screens about ‘true punk’ they put up.)
Signs you have never read an internet comment section:
- Faith in humanity.
"Initially, Kurt and Chris disliked the tight-knit, incestuous Seattle scene; at first glance, it resembled the exclusive cliques which they had despised in high school. ‘I just found Seattle so incestuously small and cliquey and everyone knew one another and they just seemed so stuck up and they’d seen it all," says Kurt. He had finally escaped the abysmal Aberdeen and arrived in the promised land of Seattle, only to find the same situation all over again. no wonder the refrain from "School," "you’re in high school again," sounds so desperate."
(Excerpt from the book; Come As You Are)
Like clockwork, Conspiracy theorists are claiming that the latest mass shooting was faked by the government in a plot to take away our guns. Is this how some people are choosing to cope with tragedy now? Are they trying to pretend like it didn’t happen by assigning the blame to someone else?
I think it is stupid that you cannot comment on something when it is a reblog.
An Urgent Message to Guys Who Comment on Internet Videos
Elitism (n) - The belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources. If you wish to establish…