Economics and similar, for the sleep-deprived
A subtle change has been made to the comments links, so they no longer pop up. Does this in any way help with the problem about comments not appearing on permalinked posts, readers?
Update: seemingly not
Update: Oh yeah!
Friday, June 22, 2012
I say "cultural criticism", you say "trolling beer nerds", the truth's probably somewhere in between
I like this comment a little too much to let it languish at the bottom of Phil's blog, at the bottom of a debate about "craft beer" and (once more) the general project of paying four quid for a half pint. The context is branding, the goods and evils of, and in particular the pub chain "Brewdog", whose marketing material irritates beer nerds to hell.
Update! Four quid for half a pint? Those were the good old days. I remember when you could get one third of a pint of lambic IPA with cherries and still get change from a fiver. No more. "Anarchist Alchemist" (I know, I know) currently selling across the road from me for £5.95 for a 190ml glass, or shall we say roughly the same price per bottle as single malt from Sainsbury's. There can be no possible rationale to this pricing decision other than that the head barman guesstimated that there was about a £1500 market for the stuff locally, a barrel contains 88 pints and did the division accordingly.
Thinking about that a bit more, every subculture has this complicated
relationship with its “trendy” element. And it is not exactly difficult to map
the Brewdog flamewars onto a generic template which also fits “heavy metal bands
with a pop single”, “Twenty20 cricket”, “New Labour” etc etc. We have:
1. What they’re doing has nothing to do with us and our subculture and I just
find it boring and can’t see why we’re all talking about them actually.
Boooring. Can we talk about something else please please.
2. It is good to see all these young people and new people jumping onto our
bandwagon but we should not compromise any of our own traditions at all. So
popular and trendy representatives of our subculture must demonstrate regularly
to the rest of us that they are only working in a missionary role, and we will
monitor their progress regularly to ensure that the educational mission is
delivering a steady stream of hardcore enthusiasts.
3. This dillettantism just annoys me, all these people pretending to be like
us when they haven’t suffered like us or put in the hard work which it took to
establish our image and culture. It’s insulting! Worst of all, people are using
goodwill that WE built up for them in order to build popularity with a different
audience. They’re rejecting us, what ingratitude.
4. Actually the purists are the really annoying ones, nothing will ever be
good enough for them and they just alienate people. It’s their fault that our
subculture are looked at as weirdoes. If it wasn’t for the awful bloody purists,
everyone in the land would be just like us and wouldn’t that be great!
5. Errr … um … don’t jump on me for saying this mmkay … I just … sometimes
think … maybe it wouldn’t actually be all that great if we were the mainstream.
I kind of liked it better when it was just this small community who all knew
each other. Of course I don’t really mean that nononono I realise that some
people have built businesses on our culture and I want them to succeed! I just …
I’ll shut up now.
6. One of these days the trend is going to move on and all these half-hearted
types and trendies will leave you know. Then we’ll be back where we started, or
probably worse off because some of us have overextended. We’ll regret any and
all compromises we ever make with the mainstream.
7. They’ll never leave us! We’re so great and everyone’s going to realise it!
WE’LL TAKE OVER THE WORLD! We don’t need to compromise with anything, we’re so
great. Just any moment now, the real, hardcore version of our culture is going
to go mainstream and everyone will forget about the compromise version. Really
soon. Any minute now …
8. Oh come on guys can’t we talk about something else please, these internal
squabbles are what really puts people off. I just find it all rather boring
actually and can’t we talk about something else please.
this item posted by the management 6/22/2012 03:13:00 AM