Taste in choice

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Pick a playlist and let it roll. We leave little of no time for hand-selection or any form of curation because we let the algorithm take over.

Since when did algorithms become the arbiter of taste?

Great art intends to stretch taste rather than follow mathematical formulas. The best music is unpredictable, spontaneously discovered in digging through the crates.

Researching new music, books, etc., is an active and selective process. We remember where we were when we find something new — there’s a story. Like an appreciation for wine, hand selection is subjective and tastes extra good because we found it!

Playing tastemaker is time-consuming. But that’s the point. Better to seek different than sucked into the generic maelstrom of style that pulls from the so-called wisdom of crowds.

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Published by Wells Baum

A daily blogger who connects the dots between arts and life.

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