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 0Posted at 1:41pm | re: Album Of The Week: Future Honest (16 comments)

I wasn’t trying to call you out, and I hope what I said wasn’t misconstrued as agreeing with ts24. You should be able to disagree with Tom’s pick, and I don’t think these objections necessarily have anything to do with the album being a hip hop album.

 0Posted at 10:04am | re: Album Of The Week: Future Honest (16 comments)

Naaaaahhhhhh people post shit like this in every album of the week column unless there is a very obvious standout, and those usually get premature evaluations anyways. Just look at the Album of the Week review for Ghettoville by Actress, a weird, minimal electronic album. I think all but 3 or 4 of the comments are “You should have picked ______ album this week”

This whole issue is very complicated, but I don’t think the extreme PC attitude and self righteous people on the internet is helping. I honestly believe all the condescending lecturing about racism, sexism, etc actually does contribute to the problem. Here’s why:

The internet, and modern society, is an increasingly fragmented place. People no longer have to all watch the same newscast on TV, or get all of their music from the radio, or only watch movies playing at the local movie theater. If something on the internet annoys you, it is pretty easy to avoid it entirely. With music, movies, TV, anything really, it is easy to filter everything to your specific tastes and beliefs. And while that is mostly a good thing (I have cut the musical stylings of Katy Perry out of my life entirely and am all the happier for it), it also creates some issues.

I think there are more or less three groups of people in a situation like this: those who are thoroughly racist and firmly entrenched in their beliefs of hating other people, those who are thoroughly anti-racist and who firmly believe in spreading political correctness and social justice and calling out racism in every instance, and the largest group, those who fall somewhere in between, who aren’t racist and are (hopefully) good people, but aren’t really aware enough of all the issues to make the right judgment in every situation. These are the people who, if made aware of the nuances of the problem of racism, have the capacity to change their opinion.

The condescending, self righteous people on the internet who like to come into a comment section like this and preach to everyone about how awful something like this is and how personally outraged and offended they are, regardless of whether they are a part of the group of people subjected to the alleged racism, while they may be right and have the right idea (racism = bad), it comes off as (and very much is) incredibly self serving. It often reads as “HEY GUYS I AM A REALLY FUCKING GOOD PERSON FOR BEING UPSET ABOUT THIS, LOOK HOW GOOD OF A PERSON I AM, YOU ALL ARE ASSHOLES IF YOU DON’T 100% AGREE” instead of trying to explain to people that racism is often very subtle and can do damage even if it isn’t on the level of some raging white guy in the KKK burning a cross on a black person’s lawn. This is a problem because of who the audience is. I believe most people reading PC thinkpieces and these comment sections are in either the uber PC group and already on board, or they are in the in-between group and, for lack of a better term, are “undecided.” A full blown neo nazi racist isn’t gonna bother. The PC group reading it don’t need to be convinced, because they already agree.

What really matters here is the undecided group. If you are someone who already believes you are a good person and not part of the problem, and then see some incredibly self righteous comment or thinkpiece about a given controversy, it will probably turn you off and put you on the defensive. I’m not saying that Tumblr is converting people to the KKK, but the overwhelming self righteousness from the PC crowd will definitely turn off people who don’t have a strong opinion one way or the other. And that’s a problem! These types of things should be trying to change people’s minds and make them aware of the issue, not turn them off from the conversation because all that’s happening is people lecturing them. Yes, I’m aware that white people can be the worst and some probably deserve to be lectured on issues of race, but those people aren’t reading these things to begin with. The people without strong opinions are reading them, however, and its going to make them hate the whole topic. And it’s going to turn them away from making any sort of change.

 +2Posted on Apr 13th | re: Coachella 2014: The 9 Best Things From Saturday (11 comments)

Loving the D-Plan getting the top spot here. The Dismemberment Plan is one of those acts where I just cannot for the life of me understand why they aren’t way more popular. Uncanney Valley wasn’t as good as their older material, but Emergency & I is one of the best albums I have ever heard, and probably the greatest album in terms of lyrics I have ever heard.

 +4Posted on Apr 4th | re: The 10 Best Nirvana Songs (163 comments)

That’s fair. If the guy doesn’t think Smells Like Teen Spirit is among their best, then he shouldn’t have to put it up there. I was more reacting to the response seeming to dodge michael_’s initial claim, which rubbed me the wrong way for some reason.

 +12Posted on Apr 4th | re: The 10 Best Nirvana Songs (163 comments)

Your entire argument against michael_’s claim is that you think the dude who wrote the article is super great at writing, which does not really address the claim at all. It’s perfectly reasonable to think, as michael put, that leaving off the most popular and iconic song is a move to get a reaction out of people and thus generate traffic, regardless of commenting.

 +3Posted on Mar 27th | re: The Week In Pop: Shakira And Latin Pop's Too-Big-To-Fail Era (17 comments)

The Miley Cyrus sociology class kinda confuses me. Like, I get her whole deal and it’s not really fascinating. I have no problem with the publicity stunts either. I just don’t really get why the whole “former child star goes BAD” or whatever is treated like this groundbreaking thing. She’s changing up her image. So what. Why is this the most revolutionary thing to hit the internet ever of all time?

 +1Posted on Mar 21st | re: Is Record Store Day Bad For Record Stores? (26 comments)

Yeah this is true, though I can see both sides of it. On the one hand, if the guy is aware that prices are too high to sell a lot of certain records, why doesn’t he just buy less of those records? I know this will deplete his revenue, but might help with the net income he ends up with. On the other hand, if all the records are too highly priced then this becomes an issue for the records stores when nobody wants to drop $35 on some reissue of an album that would normally cost $20.

 +2Posted on Mar 21st | re: Here's The Complete List Of Record Store Day '14 Releases (29 comments)

I know, I just about shit my pants when my friend sent me an article about it getting released on vinyl for RSD. It’s especially baffling that all of his other albums are pretty easily attainable on vinyl. I am with you on it being my most anticipated release. Gonna be at my local record shop when doors open on April 19th.

 +1Posted on Mar 20th | re: Here's The Complete List Of Record Store Day '14 Releases (29 comments)

I am so excited for The Field’s From Here We Go Sublime finally getting released in full on vinyl. Been wanting that one for years.