On his Blog today Richard Waghorne talked about Lyric FM and said
Lyric, as you might have noticed, have developed a grating habit in recent weeks of slipping a little Irish peasant music in between their arias and divertimenti.
Now I think Auds summed it all up when she said
Calling it as such just makes Richard look uber-snobby and exclusive. But I think that's exactly how he wants us to think about him.
The amount of snobbery in this country is incredible. Now it is easy to point at Richard (who I have alot of respect for) being an ex-pupil from Gonzaga one of the most expensive private schools in the country. Drawing students from many of the wealthiest families in
But a lot of snobbery is as Auds put it exactly what they want us to think. Richard has often referred to his like of classical music and considering that he used to be in the National Youth Orchestra his love of classical music is genuine. But with many, I am sure they listen to classical music because of the status.
It is not just Classical Music that gives rise to snobbery. Rock and alternative music also gives rise to it. One time, MTV2 presenter Zane Lowe. “Went it is OK to like this band”. Why should it be OK to like this band. Either you like them or you don’t. But to many it must be seen as “OK to like” a band. That again is snobbery. How many people will have said they want to watch the Eurovision? I was in a pub in
One of the big things to eat and purchase now is organic food. Why do people buy it? As Sarah Carey said in her Sunday Times column sometime ago.
Is it a coincidence that eating organic fruit is one of the few Green policies that is piously adopted by the well-off? Let’s face it, buying expensive fruit and veg has status. Getting the bus and having one telly in the house has none.
Now I am sure many will counter by saying that is tastes better. But are you really sure? Are that many people good enough cooks to nurture the finer tastes out. Surely spring water is far better then tap water. But I remember a piece in the Irish Independent where they got expert wine tasters to test about 7 different waters for taste quality.
A friend of mine used to work in a night club. One night a woman asked him for water. So he turned on the tap and filled her a glass. She was discussed and gave out to him and ask for Ballygowen. He duly did that and gave her a glass of Ballygowen. She then gave out to him for not putting ice cubes into it. He did this but could not understand the craziness of the woman not wanting tap water but mineral water and wanting to put ice cubes made from tap water into her couple of Euro’s worth of water. Why did she wanted Ballygowen and looked at disgust at tap water. Taste or status? I will let you decided. Also ask yourself why do people buy Organic Food. Taste or Status?
Snobbery is also in political allegiance especially in universities
It is cool to be socialist
It is cool to blame
It is cool to hate
It is cool to hate
It is cool to hate the Progressive Democrats
It is cool to hate the Corporations
People will look down on people who do not hold does views and often do not even engage with them. Now not saying it doesn’t go the other way people on the right look down on without engaging with.
People who chain themselves to trees
People who protest for 100% open borders
People who don’t believe in private ownership of land
People who protest the troops in
People who vote Sinn Fein
People who are against animal medical testing
Now I am sure that I am guilty of many of the above even with in this post which I am sure will be pointed out to me at some stage. Everyone is this world has different views and likes. Some people hold their views not because it is their views but because they like the status it gives them or it allows them to blend in the general consensus of their peer group. But all too often people dismiss other peoples view as being below them and not giving people respect for their views or likes.
Update: Richard replies with "If artistic standards constitute snobbery, I plead guilty." That very sentence constitutes snobbery.