People don’t understand that inaction is a form of action. They like to act against anyone who changes their default expectation. They’ll call that person a fascist or a control freak, blind to how they are trying to control as well — just passively.
And if there’s one thing that’s un-metal, it’s passivity.
Here’s a conversation I had recently:
Wolves In the Throne Room isn’t black metal per se. It’s like indie shoegaze with a black metal influence.Other Dude:
Who are you to say what is or isn’t black metal?Me:
So you’re saying Wolves in the Throne Room is black metal?Other Dude:
So in other words, you’re telling me what is black metal?Other Dude:
And by extension, you’re also going to tell me what is not black metal, if it’s not on the list of what you say is black metal?Other Dude:
Well yeah butMe:
So you’re doing the exact same thing you accuse me of.Other Dude:
I think most people would say Wolves in the Throne Room is black metal.Me:
But in addition to that, you’re telling me what is and is not black metal? Yes or no please.
I’ve had this discussion more times that I can safely recall without vomiting. The crowd assumes that if they’re not the one making the assertion, they’re not telling you what to do — when, whether they’re hiding behind the skirts of “what everyone thinks” or not, they’re doing exactly that.