Music Social Insecurity
from the people-worry-too-much dept
R Dickson writes in with a link to an article talking about the social impact of music sharing, asking what would someone think if they were able to look at what music you listen to. He also wonders whether or not the government could use that to try to “classify” you. The article itself talks about the concept of “playlistism”, where someone is discriminated against due to the sort of music they have in their shared music folder. I’m reminded of the line from one of the music snobs in Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, when he says something to the effect of “you should be judged not on what you are like, but what you like.” Apparently some folks are changing their listening habits just to change the impression they give people. Of course, I don’t think this is all that different from life prior to music sharing. I remember a friend of mine going through my music collection when I was in junior high or so, and telling me what was okay to keep and what needed to be ditched. A lot of folks end up listening to what their friends listen to anyway, so this is just expanding the ability to do that. As someone who seems to listen to a lot of music that not many others listen to, I really have no problem having people know what I listen to – and I’d bet that anyone who went through just my music collection would have a hard time guessing the type of person I am.