Teaching girls that their appearance is the first thing you notice tells them that looks are more important than anything. It sets them up for dieting at age 5 and foundation at age 11 and boob jobs at 17 and Botox at 23. As our cultural imperative for girls to be hot 24/7 has become the new normal, American women have become increasingly unhappy. What’s missing? A life of meaning, a life of ideas and reading books and being valued for our thoughts and accomplishments.” —“How To Talk To Little Girls” by Lisa Bloom (via twofish)
How do you decide what to get out of the library? This sounds snarky but it’s a serious question around this whole water-water-everywhere line of argument. Assuming you have access to a library (which is an assumption I probably shouldn’t make, since I have no idea about how the US library system works), you are confronted at quite a young age with the problem of there being vastly more information available to you, for free, than you have hours to absorb it. The library problem isn’t exactly the same as the free music problem but they share enough points that it’s an interesting comparison.
Nobody objects to libraries on the basis that they make reading worthless, for instance (OK, maybe some Randian nuts do, who knows). I’d guess that everybody who is into books and is confronted with the library problem finds a personalised solution to it in which a mass of glib, harsh judgements result in enough datapoints for a more-or-less efficient kind of triage, which then becomes a kind of second nature (“This book looks good” /”This book doesn’t look good”). Hardly innocent or unmanipulable - it’s why certain genres and certain fonts go together in lockstep - but not anything we really actively worry about.
So does this/will this/is this happening for music as well? (Rhetorical question, this.)
Obviously this doesn’t address the whole “musicians getting compensated” element of the discussion, but that’s really a separate question: the current vogue for worrying about a) there being too much music and b) the shifting nature of the music experience isn’t inextricably linked to musicians getting paid or not.