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    What surprised me is how unhesitant I am to post here. Before this, I was on an old Compuserve forum where everyone was so erudite and sophisticated that I was afraid to breathe when they were online. From there I went to another one where if you didn't think Handel was the greatest composer of all time, you would be berated. Well, for just about anything you were berated. So I'm amazed that my post count is over 15,000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    Oops. I guess that's one button I won't be pushing.
    15 sentences and that's the one you focus on? - One of the jokes?

    Did I not predict in my last sentence that I would have to return to explain at least one and possibly two of the jokes?

    Although it is kind of funny that you got a "Like" - I have to admit that kind of cracked me up.

    If I hurt your feelings because I made the crack - "That a copy and paste photo of an album cover from a CD that someone is only pretending to be currently listening to will receive 15 "Likes" while well-written deeply insightful threads and posts may as well be written in invisible ink for all that they accomplish." - let me just say this - I don't care - honestly I don't - If I genuinely cared about "Likes" I would spend more time in "Current Listening" posting pictures of album covers of CDs that I'm only actually pretending to listen to while I'm searching for other album covers of CDs that I'm only going to actually pretend to listen to tomorrow.... and the day after... and the day after that.
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    Maybe thats kinda 'like' humour

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    What surprised me is how unhesitant I am to post here. Before this, I was on an old Compuserve forum where everyone was so erudite and sophisticated that I was afraid to breathe when they were online.
    '...erudite and sophisticated...' - is that a polite way of saying smug and up their own bugles?
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    I thought I was an obsessive collector and I kind of felt guilty about it; but since joining TC, it's been a (nice) surprise that I am in fact pretty ordinary (and that's a soothing thought). There are people whose conditions are much more serious than mine, but I salute you people for your obsessiveness.

    A not so nice surprises is that, perhaps a larger than expected number of members tend to be reluctant to explore new performances/works. Given that we are living in a time of free streaming, this is really surprising.

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    There are more fans of early music than I thought. I always considered it a niche among niches but there do seem to be many more people who love listening to it than I assumed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    The obsessive collectors.
    I don't mind "obsessive collectors"...

    as long as they don't actually talk about whatever it is that they're obsessively collecting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enthusiast View Post
    The attitude to avant garde and contemporary music of many. They advance proof that such music is awful (often it comes down to popularity) but what surprises me is that they are really worried that some people actually like it. I'm not sure why. It got so bad at one point that many people with a passionate interest and good knowledge of the newer music gave up and left. Things are much better now.

    I was also a bit surprised that so many who have a sound grasp of music theory use this knowledge to trash music that they should surely recognise is revered by many others. Schubert was a big target of this for a while - with the detractors apparently desperate to convince the rest of us that we are wrong and our taste is suspect.
    If I could ban one thing it'd be the use of "con artist" and the like. There's a big difference in saying "I hate this composer" and the statements that people only listen to certain composers to look clever, or that they've been conned, or etc etc etc.


    Like, one is a statement of differing taste, the other is an accusation of bad faith. If you say "I love James Joyce", what's going to be more toxic to discusssion- someone saying "I hate James Joyce", or "You only pretend to like James Joyce to look smart"?

    Also the bizarre obsession with Our Tax Dollars. As if the government slices out a huge chunk of tax income for "atonal music" or whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enthusiast View Post
    The attitude to avant garde and contemporary music of many. They advance proof that such music is awful (often it comes down to popularity) but what surprises me is that they are really worried that some people actually like it. I'm not sure why. It got so bad at one point that many people with a passionate interest and good knowledge of the newer music gave up and left. Things are much better now.
    Several members commented on negative attitudes towards avant-garde and contemporary music. I was not surprised that so many disliked the music, but I was and am surprised that people will work so hard to make sure others know how awful the music is. The situation was significantly worse in the past, and some members did leave. In some sense it's a shame because shortly after many of those members left, the forum seemed to swing towards a much more positive view of this music. There are many threads on new music that have no or few negative comments. I think that's wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    What surprised me is how unhesitant I am to post here. Before this, I was on an old Compuserve forum where everyone was so erudite and sophisticated that I was afraid to breathe when they were online. From there I went to another one where if you didn't think Handel was the greatest composer of all time, you would be berated. Well, for just about anything you were berated. So I'm amazed that my post count is over 15,000.
    As a moderator, possibly my main concern is that people do feel free to post and are not worried that others will comment negatively on what they write. I'm quite happy to see you are unhesitant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunburst Finish View Post
    I don't mind "obsessive collectors"...

    as long as they don't actually talk about whatever it is that they're obsessively collecting.
    im not *that* obsessive about classical LPs...

    just a bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enthusiast View Post
    The attitude to avant garde and contemporary music of many. They advance proof that such music is awful (often it comes down to popularity) but what surprises me is that they are really worried that some people actually like it. I'm not sure why. ...
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    But conversely there's also the hurt, indignation and defensiveness on the part of new music advocates when people do say they don't like avant garde/new music. It's taken as a personal affront.
    Quote Originally Posted by mmsbls View Post
    ...There are many threads on new music that have no or few negative comments. I think that's wonderful.
    Why is that wonderful? That makes an echo chamber in which people feel they can either say they like such and such or else be polite and keep quiet lest someone's feelings are hurt. So what if someone excoriates music that you may like? Even Bach, Beethoven and Mozart have their critics. The surprising thing may be the thin skins on the trailblazers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunburst Finish View Post
    That there are still people who will enter a thread on a subject that they have no interest in for the express purpose of telling you that they have no interest in the subject under discussion.
    Yes, I do find this tendency rather odd. I have always viewed this as similar to going to a party, listening to a group of people discussing poetry, and then poking one's head into the mix announcing how poetry is dumb/uninteresting/harmful to society/impossible to like/etc..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunburst Finish View Post
    . . . If I hurt your feelings because I made the crack - .
    I'm sorry; I was just trying to be funny. No hurt feelings here. I should have put a smiley face after my comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmsbls View Post
    As a moderator, possibly my main concern is that people do feel free to post and are not worried that others will comment negatively on what they write. I'm quite happy to see you are unhesitant.
    Wow, I've sure been sticking my foot in my mouth on this thread. Maybe I should go back to being hesitant.

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