I’ve been meaning to comment on this Chris Ott/Shallow Rewards video The Hiding for a while, but since starting a full-time job I struggle to find the time for the stuff I really love. Initially I wanted to write a more thought-out response and have some research in hand, but I fear I will never get around to that… so here are some slightly unfiltered thoughts I am spewing out:
- I get where Ott is coming from about wanting to maintain a community without the media exploiting it, but creating exclusive communities full of barriers can be dangerous. He mentions how when he wanted to be part of a community he had to pass a test in a way, and what worries me is that these unspoken tests aren’t always fair. For instance, sometimes if you don’t have a Y chromosome you must work twice as hard to break through certain barriers. Yes it’s better than it used to be, but gender is still an issue in all realms of the music world. And that’s just one factor that can make barriers unfair.
- Maybe I’m being negative here, but every community or scene will have intruders… maybe they are being ironic or inauthentic, but it just happens. The real community is the small group you will form with people you really get to know and can appreciate and share the music in a similar way… it’s about sharing with people, not excluding people.
- Also, by creating these hidden communities, no matter how many symbols and barriers used, wouldn’t it just provide more fodder for the media to overestimate the value of emerging genres and try to prove they are edgy/ on the vanguard of music and culture by infiltrating them as Ott describes in this earlier video.