« on: March 02, 2017, 05:41:12 PM »
Interesting article, but a bit all over the place.
I'm a collector too, and can resonate with the notion that digital collections don't "feel" the same as physical ones. I have the same problem with books: I don't necessarily need a physical copy to read a book, but I don't get the sensation of owning and collecting books unless I have a version I can pick up, hold, and place on a shelf.
Having said that: I welcome the digital age with open arms. I love having the ability to hear music from all over the world, to discover artists who I never would have even heard of previously, and to be able to browse various curated playlists. The platform has opened doors for me that I never knew existed.
Where the author of the article falls short, in my opinion, is in his or her assumption that these two worlds can't co-exist. The presence of Spotify does not prevent people from buying CDs or vinyl. The ability to create and curate digital playlists does not stop people from collecting albums. The ability to listen to music on our phones does not preclude us from collecting beautiful audio equipment.
It may be the case that many people in the younger generation will never have the opportunity to experience music the way we older folks did. Perhaps what we hold sacred about music has been cheapened over the last decade or more. But, to be frank, when I was growing up, I only knew of a handful of people who deeply appreciated music, the process of creating it, and the thrill of discovering and collecting it. Even then, music, for most people, was largely a disposable product. Why buy an album when you hear it for free on the radio? I'm not sure if people--and their relationships with music--have changed that much, even if the technology has.