Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
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Multiple drafts.

Something I've been thinking about lately is the modern tendency to never really finish anything - you just keep revising it. I guess it's harder and harder to know when to stop because the costs of producing or distributing, say, a work of music or a piece of software are basically nil at this point in the game. Over and over again, but only truly after the rise of the Internet, the software companies I've worked for tend to get in this rut where they keep telling themselves that it doesn't have to perfect this time around - after all, we can always ship out a patch on a floppy disk [1994] or put a patch on our FTP server [2003]. This seems to have led to a lower overall quality of things that can be distributed cheaply, but that's just my opinion.

On a similar note, I've also found myself wondering if the ready availability of music on the Internet has in fact led to people listening far less carefully - because you can get gobs of the stuff for virtually free, who ever takes the time to really pay attention to it? I mean, ten years ago, if you'd saved your allowance for a month to buy that new Ween CD, you probably listened to it at least ten times before deciding that it was (or was not) a brilliant album; now, though, you can just download it, give it a perfunctory listen, and then move on to next bit of audible novelty.

Finally, does that then logically lead to the gross overconsumption of early 21st century America? Have we all reached the point where we just reflexively consume without ever really bothering to appreciate or enjoy the stuff we're accumulating?
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  • It's July 2013.

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