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osOpinion: Geek Hypocrisy

Aug 02, 2000, 03:46 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Justin)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"I've been sitting back watching the geek subculture for a few years now, and I've noticed a trend that I despise: geeks are hypocrites. That's not a universal statement, just something that seems to fit the majority."

"I've noticed this fact has reared its head since Napster became a household name (well, in the houses of the technocentric, at any rate). I've seen how the majority have used Napster's legal troubles as a point to rally around -- to give us all a common point to launch our smear campaign against "The Man". We seem so noble in our valiant effort to help the underdog music artist fight the unjust recording contracts. We're nothing but virtuous in what we say... but then we come back and download the top 40 hits. That strikes me as odd."

"Let me continue by noting that if we were really interested in helping the small time artist, we'd all be conscious of what labels put out the CDs we buy. We'd be attempting to support Nothing, DeSoto, TVT, etc. But here we are, all buying from Sony and Geffen. Someone sound the inconsistency alarm, please."

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