The point of this website should be to bring intelligent people into the fold by showing that metal is a true art form, not to get idiots involved by proving that metal can be really cool. This isn't politics, where you get as many morons together as you can so that you can have safety in numbers. This place should be an ark, where like minded people can join together and work toward a better future. I don't want a ARE YOU TALKIN TO ME? version of the French Revolution.
I really like that word for it, "ark."
Let's say that ANUS is divided into two camps:
- Arkists: they want an ark, a refuge from the insane mass culture where they can treat deserving metal like art, study it, learn about it and meet other people who feel the same way and by extension, have the same type of outlook on the world. There's some sense to this: after all, numerous friendships, several marriages and at least one business have come out of connections made here since '98 or so.
- Evangelicals: possibly in addition to the above, these people want to go out and spread the good word as a means of changing metal itself. After all, when audience demands change, the bands change -- and that determines who the next generation of fans will be. Even further, these refuse to alienate people with faux elitism, instead issuing forth a challenge: you can understand this if you give it a little effort.
From my perspective, there's a 40% demographic in Europe and the USA that are middle-class-origin, education-bound-or-intelligent, often thoughtful people. They're the only reason these societies haven't collapsed. The hipsters seem like the majority until you go wander around the world a bit, when you see that the hipsters, trve kvlt burnouts and others are a tiny minority who've dropped out and invented excuses for their lack of success at anything but buying stuff. I think we should reach out to this 40% and stop the snarky, egotistical, pretentious, pompous activity that fits more with the half-educated half-experienced lazy typical internet whiner than what we want to be.
What do you (Samael) and you (assembled others) think of this?
I wasn't going to burn down your ship, Conversationalist. I even offered my opinion on it's construction before I began my criticism. The former you chose not to reply to.
You over-simplify my words though. I am not aiming at a smaller demographic than you, but I think talking down to people will only attract the wrong crowd, even if that crowd is a tiny minority of hipsters and not a big stupid mass that you think I am suggesting, but on the other hand I want to say that you talk like a politician. You pander to lower minds with your talk of elitists, and demographics. I thought the idea here was that elitism was not a bad thing. You call me pretentious (possibly second in the list of loaded and lacking-in-substance insults on the internet), but where is my pretention? Do my words lack content?
As for breaking into two camps, I think that is ridiculous. I offered some small help to your idea and brought a different opinion to the argument, and now you want to make this a partisan debate, when really, you and I agree on so many things that such a split would be more harmful than anything.