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The fear of progression since the dawn of man

If you go back really far there were actually philosophers who criticized the idea of written language because then people wouldn’t memorize stuff any more.

My favorite is still John Philip Sousa, who was so goddamn dense he tried to argue that the existence of recorded music would mean that people would never learn to play instruments or sing.

That’s right, he thought the music created up until and during his time was so fucking good that if it were put on wax cylinders eventually nobody would ever write or perform music on their own again.

This is a thing he actually wrote: “These talking machines are going to ruin the artistic development of music in this country. When I was a boy…in front of every house in the summer evenings, you would find young people together singing the songs of the day or old songs. Today you hear these infernal machines going night and day. We will not have a vocal cord left. The vocal cord will be eliminated by a process of evolution, as was the tail of man when he came from the ape.”

What a fucking jackass.

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