Jake wrote:I guess I've been pretty much oblivious to the air of fogeyism that several of you pointed out exists here. I wish you'd call us out on it at the time. And I'm not talking about in some trollish Lurker01 way that attempts to equate not respecting Mariah fucking Carey (who's actually had a run of pretty great singles over the past few years) with hating new music.
I don't think any of the site creators have that sense of fogeyism. When you don't get into the new "internet" bands, I don't take it as "Jake is an age-ist!" I simply see it as too many bands with too much hype and too little time to listen to them all, so you've developed a filter. While I think the filter has caused you to miss some good bands maybe, I understand it. We don't have time to keep up with everything, especially when new "must-hear" bands emerge on a daily basis. I don't expect that out of GloNo. I expect that out of Pitchfork, Stereogum, etc.
It's more an attitude I see on the message board.
Jake wrote:I'm wondering about our expectations now. We assume people are ignoring us if they're not giving feedback. That might not be the case. I know that on the main site, our pageviews are up while our comment count is down. More people are reading, but fewer people are participating. So maybe we just need to alter our expectations re: feedback.
I agree with this on the context of the comments on reviews/interviews/news blurbs that are posted on the main site. But on a message board, feedback is everything. So if I post on how much I totally fucking love Okkervil River right now, and no one responds, the participation is killed, and the message board is killed. Feedback is integral for a message board to survive, which is the topic this thread has turned to, right?
Strongly agree with Lep re: sticking to one era of music. Then it's not about the music, it's about the nostalgia. Which I totally get -- there's some music that I listen to primarily out of nostalgia. But that's one small part of my music-listening experience.
So yeah. I still love the site. But when I hear an album I love, whether it's a new hip indie one or the Nigeria 70 comp which I just bought, I turn to Facebook, etc. Not because of my age, or because of the format, but because the people there (of all ages) are more likely to engage me, give it a listen and offer feedback, or reply in kind with suggestions of their own.