There are some obvious jokes to be made about people with Internet access using Twitter to complain about not knowing something, as opposed to using Google to look it up. But for the most part, this reaction — all these examples cherry-picked from teenage pop fans and bemused adults — is just plain normal.

“Never heard of it”: This has been the natural and traditional response of all sorts of ordinary American humans to all sorts of phenomena. It’s not really about knowledge or information. It’s an argument, for the most part, and a faintly aggressive one — a way of insisting that what you pay attention to really does define the world. What you’ve heard of is real, and everything else is marginal. The center holds, and you are that center. You are normal and aware, and not just some tiny atomized entity that can only hope to know one tiny corner of the universe.

Nitsuh Abebe – często ostatnio cytowany, ale zasłużenie – w komentarzu do panicznych reakcji na Grammy dla Esperanzy Spalding (Best New Arist; zamiast chłopaka) i Arcade Fire (Best Album; zamiast którejś z dziewcząt).


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  1. iammacio pisze:

    relacja z odsłuchu nowego singli Lady Gagi też zacna. zdrowy rozsądek go nie opuszcza, kiedy w innych buzują emocje – zarówno w kontekście Grammy jak i Gagi.

  2. Piotrek pisze:

    „being ignorant is american way these days” czy jakoś tak

    Abebe, Ewing i Richardson to moi ulubieni autorzy Pitchforka od bardzo dawna.

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