The Bland Digitization of the Music Landscape

Noah Berlatsky considers the loss of serendipitous music discovery thanks to the internet {wired}:

There’s definitely a thrill in feeling like you’ve discovered something new that nobody else knows about — a thrill much reduced when you poke around YouTube as I did for this article and discover that lots of people know who the guy is and that as much of his music as you could desire is just a click and a point away. Music used to be a secret, hidden by the barriers of nation and region and history, and you could prove that you could feel a sense of knowledge or at least discovery by finding out what was on the other side of that (not necessarily large) hillock over there. Now all the hillocks are leveled, or at least the internet elevates us so that we can look over them anytime we want. In some sense that makes us more cosmopolitan. We can listen to more content from more places. But when you can see over every hillock, the grass there stops looking greener and starts looking just like your grass.

Via {andrew sullivan}.