Some food for thought

03.24.2010

A break from the usual posts. I read an essay called Culture Got You Down? by Chuck Klosterman about two years ago and it single-handedly changed the way I viewed my own tastes and perception of all kinds of art in the wider world. It made me realize the value of the relationship of popular vs. sub cultures, and how exciting studying their differences and commonalities can be, in music, art, film, whatever. It’s a short, easy read, so look it over and tell me what you think.

“Do you want to be happy? I suspect that you do. Well, here’s the first step to happiness: Don’t get pissed off that people who aren’t you happen to think Paris Hilton is interesting and deserves to be on TV every other day; the fame surrounding Paris Hilton is not a reflection on your life (unless you want it to be). Don’t get pissed off because the Yeah Yeah Yeahs aren’t on the radio enough; you can buy the goddamn record and play “Maps” all goddamn day (if that’s what you want). Don’t get pissed off because people didn’t vote the way you voted. You knew that the country was polarized, and you knew that half of America is more upset by gay people getting married than it is about starting a war under false pretenses. You always knew that many Americans worry more about God than they worry about the economy, and you always knew those same Americans assume you’re insane for feeling otherwise (just as you find them insane for supporting a theocracy). You knew this was a democracy when you agreed to participate, so you knew this was how things might work out. So don’t get pissed off over the fact that the way you feel about culture isn’t some kind of universal consensus. Because if you do, you will end up feeling betrayed. And it will be your own fault. You will feel bad, and you will deserve it.”

On an unrelated note, I’ve done a little maintenance on our wide selection of links, taking out some of the less relevant ones but more importantly, adding some great ones I’ve discovered lately. Deleted Scenes, Forgotten Dreams specializes in more kinds of ambient type droney field recording-ish things than you can shake a stick at, and the gorgeously designed Silence Magnifies Sound is in the same business we are; championing the best and most unique from all over the spectrum. These and all of the sites on your right are worth adding to your daily internet routine.

– Brian B.

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4 Responses to “Some food for thought”

  1. tafka Says:

    deep shit. “is more upset by gay people getting married than it is about starting a war under false pretenses.” lold

  2. Chris Says:

    yeah i read this a while back and thought it elucidated the way I try to approach things. People are always gonna have different (see: ‘dumb’) opinions and particularly in a democratic system, you kind of have to accept that. Unfortunately, the constant stress of having so many differing opinions and interests often really inhibits any significant political change. I do think that respect for other opinions does have its limits though, at some point.

    • Brian Says:

      i feel that. my whole thing is just like… people who think Blue Collar Comedy is hilarious and Toby Keith is awesome don’t give a fuck what i think about anything, so i’m not going to waste any time on them. i keep my ‘caring about opinions’ within sophisticated circles, and otherwise just observe objectively.

  3. thirdsecond Says:

    that is a pretty solid paragraph. chuck klosterman is a pretty solid guy.


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