Russell and Duenes

Music Piracy is So Old-Fashioned

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While listening to Spotify, one of their little ads struck me, and not for the reason you might think. The ad encourages listeners to tune in to Spotify “because piracy is so old-fashioned.” Of course they missed the point, namely, that music piracy is wrong. Or did they? Might they not instead have calculated that appeals to the “wrongness” of actions has lost its weight in our current sea of moral relativism.

So the appeal is to avoid being “old-fashioned.” Apparently this is supposed to be a more damning indictment today than the plain old insinuation that one is behaving wrongly. And I think this exhortation to avoid being “old-fashioned” is pregnant with meaning.

Quite simply, it means: “Out with the old. What’s important in life is what’s “now.” Anyone or anything “old” or “old-fashioned” should be avoided like that two week old casserole growing mold in your fridge.” In a thousand ways, young people are told that their age is best, is most enlightened, that their peers are the only ones worth listening to. This is the “chronological snobbery” that C.S. Lewis spoke of, “the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate common to our own age and the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that account discredited.” We don’t read the centuries old books, don’t listen to the centuries old music, don’t pay attention to what the Constitutional “Founders” said or wrote, because it is all so “old-fashioned.” The Bible certainly cannot be relied on for wisdom, can it? I mean, it’s over 2,000 years old.

“Lighten up,” you say. “It’s just an inconsequential radio commercial.” Indeed, the commercial itself is trivial, but the idea that we should avoid certain behaviors simply because they’re “old-fashioned,” rather than because they’re wrong, means a great deal.



Written by Michael Duenes

May 12, 2012 at 9:02 am

Posted in Duenes, Reflections

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