With the increase of iTunes music sharing on networks, a new form of bigotry is on the rise–playlistism, defined as “discrimination based not on race, sex or religion, but on someone’s terrible taste in music, as revealed by their iTunes music library.”
Intentional and funny hyperbole in the Wired article aside, judging people by their taste in music is a classic scheme. Show me your record collection, and I’ll show you who you are. So playlistism in a way is technology accelerating and diffusing the same process. Plus if you’re on a network with a lot of shared music, it’s just fun to play personality test with an anonymous playlist.
This is also why a lot of bloggers put their music tastes in their blogs, like I do. If somebody’s jamming out to Mariah Carey while cranking out their code, is this really somebody you want to pay attention to?
My music tastes are, of course, impeccable. A scan of my Library will lead anybody to conclude that I am an asset to the human race and should become President. Or something.
Music: Together by Front 242
Posted Wednesday, 12 November, 2003 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.