Joe Queenan's Moving Targets column in The Wall Street Journal sure struck a chord. Wonder why?
Nothing gives some people more pleasure than ridiculing other people’s sad, antiquated technology. At a party two weeks ago, I gave an old friend a compact disc containing Mozart’s clarinet concerto.Keep reading HERE.
“Who listens to CDs anymore?” sneered one of the guests. I do. I own 3,000 of them. I listen to them in my car, my office, my house, everywhere. My friend, defending me, said that he often played CDs on his portable music system. So it wasn’t like I’d given him a handful of vintage cartridges for his breech-loading musket, not realizing that he’d already sold it on eBay.
Nonetheless, people were eyeing me with pity, as the latest incarnation of Rip Van Winkle. As if I had given my friend a dot-matrix printer. Or a Nehru jacket.
I know that the CD has had it as a viable technology. Other ways of listening to music have superseded it, just as vinyl was tossed on the junk heap a generation ago. But there is always a possibility that a purged technology can climb back out of the crypt. In recent years, vinyl has made a remarkable comeback, in part because LPs sound better than compact discs or streaming music, and in part because vinyl aficionados love to be annoying. I myself own 1,000 LPs. And yes, I am annoying.
Why is it OK to continue to use some objects that have been around forever but moronic to use others?