Good rant.shadx312 wrote:We are talking different languages. I think half the time I'm either a poor arguer or missing the boat and then going off on my own rant, so admittedly I might not even be respectfully arguing. It's not a noble trait. It's definitely something I need to fix; it bleeds through to AFK. Nihilism might be part of it, or knowing that this is still not that serious in the grand scheme of things; but that still doesn't really respect the debate, does it?
Consider an optimistic viewpoint that may work out. We've got the first generation that's gotten used to growing up with being able to broadcast themselves to the world. Now, as much as your average bear can feel more than average because some other average joe is getting a following, it propels them to broadcast their average-ness. However, this also creates competition, so they'll have to excel. On top of that, the curve is just going to get higher and higher over the generations. The pessimistic rebuttal to that would be that most people have the memory of a mouse, which means they don't really learn shit, no matter how much of the same old shit gets repeated to them over a lifetime.
For example, we have 60+ years of television shows that show the best and worst sides of humanity, and morals to the stories like 'don't be a dick', 'think before murdering or raping or stealing or at least ask yourself if it's worth the jailtime','wear a condom',etc. Millions of useful information in how to deal with ourselves and other people. And not just the past 60 years of television but movies and books as well. We have thousands of years of useful information on how we could live fulfilling and useful lives and the consideration of others yet for some reason every day all over people still keep doing the same old bad shit regardless. Some cultures are worse than others, for sure. Main point being is regardless of the curve there may be no difference, as time has shown. So, that leads nowhere, unfortunately? I suppose I (meaning you) would retaliate by becoming at least an underground hit addressing this issue. I'm a fan of shaming average overrated people. I think it's more to unsuccessfully point out to the people that like overrated average things that they've been programmed to keep the bar low when it should be set higher. But maybe I should just focus on my own bar.
I agree, it's cool that a single boy or girl can put out music for peanuts, with the internet distribution is a matter of marketing etc. That's a different world to grow up in.
Seriously I am extremely jealous of 18 year olds in that sense, the whole of sound is available for less than a summers worth of part time work.
My fear, what drags me down is that they also grow up in a world with game shows like America's Got Talent, The Voice etc. With DJ's being far more famous than rock bands and with looks being a number one driving force in music. It's always had a selling point, but you had some truly odd looking ducks in bands from the 60's through the 80's. Now almost all bands are TV personality looking pukes. There is no genuine argument for authentic people, J-Lo claims she's 'real', Miley Cyrus thinks she has an authentic punk rebellion thing going on. We are living in Brave New World, Huxley is laughing and crying a little in his grave.
Last band I heard that had me excited for a second was Youth Code. Just listened to their full record and it's not just that they're data mining late 80's early 90's techno industrial, they're a freaking blueprint, it's like the last 20 years didn't happen. I'm hardwired to like them, but I really wish they had mutated the sound a little.