Taking stock: The Good, The Bad and the Bogus
by, 01-04-2012 at 02:43 PM (953 Views)
I'm just shy of two years into this hobby. The new year is often a time of reflection and assessment. So here we go:
Good: I've benefitted from an enormous amount of helpful advice and generosity from folks here, have been introduced to new music, DIY projects, and new ways of looking at things. Listing names seems slightly tacky, and toxic if I manage to forget someone. That should not in any way detract from my sense of gratitude.
Bad: I find myself repeatedly sucked into the same circular discussions that go nowhere, and whose (downward-spiraling) trajectory can be predicted with almost metaphysical certitude. I think I am going to have to learn to STFU and walk away, rather than take the bait.
Bogus: Probably what troubles me the most about this hobby is the the large amount of chicanery and sometimes outright consumer fraud, accompanied by the character assassination visited upon anyone with the temerity to call any of this into question. The so-called high-resolution downloads that turn out to be deliberately up-sampled when analyzed are probably the worst and most pervasive example of this, but there are others.