Technological Dissonance: Empty justifications

— 12:21 AM on May 18, 2001

This time around, Technological Dissonance delves into cognitive dissonance, which many of us experience when thinking about why we use music-swapping services like Napster. Dissonance's latest column cuts through the fog, exposing our elaborate justifications for what they are:
MUSIC TRADING SERVICES ARE BAD, MMMKAY. Well, that's a blanket statement, and not really fair. I'm not even sure the music trading services themselves are the problem, just the people who use them, or maybe how the systems are used.

Why don't people 'get it' when it comes to music trading? I'm not sure, but I've heard a lot of justifications that just don't hold water. Maybe one of the ones I'm about to go over is a favorite of yours, or maybe you've got a justification I haven't heard or thought of yet. You could even have no justification; plenty of people do The Wrong Thing, know it, and don't care. If, however, you somehow feel justified in your music trading, do read on. You just might find your arguments less than compelling.

Read on to see what Dissonance awaits you.
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