I am so surprised by some of the responses to this guy that i have come out of my long-time lurking to offer some defense. The fact that this guy is being attacked for doing what lovers of high-culture should do (and that is point out to people how shabby and asinine "pop" culture music is and make them realize they are cluttering their minds with trash and wasting their money and that their opinions are worthless if they have no standards of comparison) is baffling to me. Most people won't do this because they don't want to seem "mean" or "critical" or lose a potential friend or sex partner (a lot of fun friends that shallow would be anyway!). A website ostensibly committed to defending quality music and taste attacking this guy for defending quality music is downright bizarre!
His point couldn't be clearer when he said how this is an example of education's failure. And he is absolutely right. She is minoring in music in an American University and she is calling a Pop singer "talented", "opera sucks cock", and she hates Beethoven! Horrors! The exact thing that education should be about (the training of taste, the training of the mind to make value judgements about what is genuine art worthy of praise and what is trash) is totally absent with this girl. How embarrassing for her, and she probably doesn't even realize it. If education were doing its job it would save us from the enslavement to popular culture and conformity. It should show us the difference between real talent and mere fame.
The fact that so many college students and graduates listen to this crap "music", watch this crap on TV, and scorn true masters and masterpieces is the biggest indictment of the educational system I know! He got blocked for challenging her shit tastes and not being able to defend them (if she could defend them why would she block him? Yeah, this says A LOT more about her than him and a lot bad. OP keep challenging people's shallow tastes, someone has to do it!
Quote from an article you should read: "The prevailing attitude is that you are entitled to your tastes, but not entitled to inflict them on me. Most American students come to college with this attitude, and are appalled to discover that there are people who do not merely disagree with their tastes in music, art, literature (not to speak of clothes, language use, and social relations) but actually LOOK DOWN on their tastes, as inferior to some putative standard. This is very hard to take, and is one cause of the widespread endorsement of cultural relativism in its many forms -- since cultural relativism simply lifts aesthetic experience out of the world of judgment altogether, and therefore neutralizes good taste as a value." http://spectator.org/archives/2007/08/28/art-beauty-and-judgment