15 11 11 - 21:31You don't need ANUS.com to tell you that Korn, Justin Bieber, Pantera, democracy, humanism and dualistic religion are garbage. Those things should be obvious to you.
But what you do need is defense against the hipster front, which are adepts at hiding the same old crap under a layer of anti-aesthetic, and claiming that it's a profound revolution in a different direction.
Let's review a few:
- George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Rachel Maddow and Michael Moore. Nothing stops a good impulse to renovation like false revolution in the form of unworkable, impractical and hopeless politics. That's what attracts you to such people: they are crusaders for the impossible, and thus are a safe identity to assume. You will never be called on to do anything because your task is nonsensical.
- Tom Waits, Tori Amos, Rammstein and Tool. Did you need an outlet for your rage? Here, have the "wounded artist" who is basically making the same pop we've heard for the past four decades, but they've found a way to rough it up on the surface without changing its fundamental musical vapidity. In particular, Tom Waits is sing-song stupidity for people who cannot recognize that they're listening to radio fodder made "ironic" by some dysfunctional person who wants to sell music to those who feel they just don't fit in. Self-pity: it sells.
- Gilbert and Sullivan, Tchaikovsky, and "new music." Please spare me the farce. Tchaikovsky is child's music with no development of form. Hope you like repetition and jogging in place. Gilbert and Sullivan is sappy kitsch that, like Rush, makes a big show of being "profound" when it's shouting the obvious and incorrect at you. Everyone in the crowd loves a false truism that is easy to understand. New music is the usual hipster jargon of changing surface appearance and pretending it's something new. "But we play this mediocre symphony using only kitchen appliances!" Yeah, no thanks.
- Flannery O'Connor and Ayn Rand. Rand took Nietzsche's ideas and applied them with the grace of a city shopper. Her books are one-dimensional and her solution, which is to leech off the welfare system, is entirely dysfunctional. We like her because she hates parasites and Socialists ("but I repeat myself") or at least want to, but then these dreary, rather paint-by-numbers books make me want to vomit. O'Connor is just the church lady stating simple ideas for simpletons who want to appear profound.
What other false idols do you see people holding up?
A false idol pretends to be profound, but is surface; its real goal is to make the mediocre feel intelligent.
We don't need to mention jazz-fusion and progressive metal, do we...