Monday, December 30, 2002

There seems to be some sort of misunderstanding among today's college youth: if you happen to be lucky enough to run a college radio show, and it is scheduled at night, you must waste at least half of your programming on reggae, rock steady, dub, or something else. Why is this? I understand that you might think reggae is deeply anti-establishment and Jah Rastafari, but really it isn't. You are catering to a bunch of college students, not Kingston's ghettos. The only thing your listeners have in common with reggae is the desire to smoke weed and feel like there is something noble in this self-destructive act. I have even heard some students trying to affect a Jamaican accent and using Jamaican slang. Puhleeze give me a break. You were most likely brought up in Los Altos, or someplace like it, and you want to feel like you're from someplace with a little more "soul". Well, I hate to break it to you, but you were given the great discourtesy of running water, ample food, and a chance at a good education. It might suck right now, but once you get out in the world and find out how other people really live, you will literally be kissing your parents' ass that they allowed you to live your life so easily. And then this whole reggae thing will seem like a silly and immature act of defiance. Which it is.

Jeez, I sound pretty angry, huh?


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