CRIME: The Sony Walkman has “physically wrecked” the ears of a generation.
CRIME: The Sony Walkman has “devalued magnificence” with its plebian ‘convenience’.
Because you can’t fully appreciate a Mahler symphony while brushing your teeth. Who wears headphones while brushing their teeth? Nobody, that’s who.
I don’t buy the assumption that music is inherently sacred, or the corollary that anything which isn’t sacred — music with a “crump-crump rhythm” for example — isn’t really music at all. By the way, I’m going to start using the phrase “crump rhythm” as a synonym for “phat beats” from now on. I suggest you all do the same. YO THAT BE SOME CRUMP RHYTHM, DAWG. It’ll be
CRIME: The Sony Walkman promotes “autism and isolation” by allowing people to enjoy music privately, in public.
This is exactly what I love about the walkman. When I walk down the street or go shopping or, god forbid, ride the bus, I can wear my headphones and be completely free of any potential requirement to connect with my fellow humans. I don’t want to interact with the public. I hate the public.
CRIME: The Sony Walkman (and the iPod) have taken music out of any context in the world, making it as banal and ubiquitous as lint.
Up until the first years of the Common Era, the scroll was the medium with which one communicated important words. Scrolls were a huge, unwieldy devices which could only be enjoyed in the context of the temple or the court. The codex, a small bound square of folded pages, made it possible to carry literature wherever one travelled. Those anti-social louts who embraced this new technology could be seen shamelessly reading words, which they carried around in their filthy packs, right in public in front of God and everybody.
These sketchy characters were, of course, the early Christians, and it was their adoption of this new portable form of literature which was (more or less) responsible for the rapid spread of their little mystery-cult, (for better or, more likely, worse.)
Blessed are the shameless, they inherit the future! (Did Nietzsche write that? If not, he should have.)