Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Stuff White People Like

Stuff White People Like, #108: Appearing to enjoy classical music.
There are a number of industries that survive solely upon white guilt: Penguin Classics, the SPCA, free range chicken farms, and the entire rubber bracelet market. Yet all of these pale in comparison to classical music, which has used white guilt to exist for over a century beyond its relevance.

Though white people do not actually listen to classical music, they like to believe that they are the type of people who would enjoy it. . .
(hat-tip to Life's a Pitch.)

A devastatingly accurate portrait, which I recognize from attending orchestra concerts and watching well-dressed people fidget through the entire concert and dash out of the hall as soon as the final ovation begins. I'm less enthused about this article than Amanda over at Life's a Pitch, who headlined her post with "For Immediate Release: Classical Music is Mainstream". I beg to differ: an article which portrays the classical music industry as being sustained by "white guilt" and existing "for over a century beyond its relevance" is not exactly going to encourage the CBC to bring back Music for a While.

Today's moderately ironic observation: The word "iamb" is trochaic.

Edit: Moreover, the word "anapest" is dactylic.

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