Here's an article posted today over at PopMatters about how Garden State echoes the modern musical landscape. It's clear that the author has biases against several artists (I can't blame him either; who honestly finds The Shins to be a quality outfit?) but on the whole his point is completely valid. It's becoming harder & harder these days to find music that incites a level of real passion, at least if you're only skimming the surface.
Which to a degree is what this article does. Looking further, the Age of Entitlement also speaks to the recent trend of musical self-importance. Everyone has a blog these days, because everyone thinks their opinion is more valid/important than the next person (It should be pointed out that I totally know I'm a part of this, but my opinion rule so yeah). Michael Barthel writes about 'the BoingBoing effect', a phenomenon he discovered wherein as Internet communities grow, the opinions they share become magnified amongst the community members & lead to the belief that these opinions are right to the detriment of all other options.
Let's ignore the in many ways baffling idea that an opinion can be right & focus on something else: the elevation of public opinion. I read a New York Times article about the Internet a few months ago which discussed the idea of fame & said something that really resonated with me; "In a society where everyone is as special as everyone else, nobody is special at all." (Or something like that) In a sea of blogs that spout similar information, opinion, discourse, how can any one blog stand out? How can any one person put their hand up and say "Pick me! Pick me!"
But everyone thinks we should pick them, even if what we're picking is available in countless other places online. I'm sure I'm not the only one to have made this point recently. But a person's motivation as to why they publicise their opinions can make all the difference. If you're doing it because you genuinely enjoy the discussions that can be generated amongst people, then good for you. If you're doing it because you figure you'll eventually be famous, then fuck you. So my question is this: What brings you to MyWorldTour?