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Interzone / Sociology
« on: July 21, 2012, 12:09:49 AM »
When too many college kids take liberal arts classes they begin to create bullshit theories like this instead of ones that actual progress mankind. I fail to see the point in pushing millions of kids to major in fields that have no relevance in today's society: everything from Women's Studies to Criminology. I suppose it's all about the cash that colleges make.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strauss-Howe_generational_theory

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Metal / Subjective vs objective? Contradiction?
« on: June 29, 2012, 03:31:21 PM »
I've been on this site for about a year now and my taste has moved away  from all the metal I used to listen to. Now I listen to Classical, Classic rock, Kraftwerk etc.

How does a site take from saying that all values are meaningless (Nihilism) to saying that one form of art is objectively better than another. (for example Romantic Classical compared to Power Metal). It would seem that from active nihilism we would have to say that nothing is objectively better. However, with more study and focus, one can derive more aesthetic pleasure from one composer compared to another. If this were true, then how could one say that an album of popular music is bad? One person may study it and listen to extensively and gain a lot of meaning from it (such as the metal newcomer listening to Pink Frothy AIDS). Is it because it would sound boring/bad to the trained ear? Is there something beyond the self enjoyment one can gain from music and there is something in the music itself? Am I missing the point?

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Metal / Bebop/Free Jazz
« on: June 23, 2012, 04:01:09 PM »
I am curious to hear other people's opinions towards jazz music as art.

I'm talking about Charles Mingus, late John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Andrew Hill.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6pSffe4k60

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