When half filling a glass with individual chocolates one has to allow for the gaps of emptiness between each chocolate, fill the glass beyond the halfway mark as defined by a liquid. This is one way the marketing types exploit our desire for optimism, to believe the glass is more than half full.
If all the people who have entered television talent quests, Idol, X Factor, Got Talent, The Voice, were lined up and shot, no innocent blood would be spilled. All those people take part in the idea of music being a competition. A competition is everything music is not.
These television talent quests that turn musicians into puppets, yes, with the hand of a producer firmly stuck up their pert young arses, are only on television because an audience watches them, an audience large enough to make the advertising time around the television talent quest valuable. This audience likes the idea of music being a competition. These people are barbarians with no concept of what music is. These same people would attend executions to see who died the best.
At least the producers are shameless money whores who know what they are doing. The competitors disguise their filth behind talk of loving music. They disgust me.
People say that the young hopefuls who compete are just trying to get into the business, and that is exactly what they are doing. They are selling out. They are selling out themselves and the idea of music being a thing of beauty, a symbol of civilization, something to be passed from one generation to the next, from artist to artist, to the audience.
Music as competition, this is what thousands of years of civilization have come to. Perhaps shooting these people against a wall is going too far? Perhaps it isn't?