A Pointless Thing to Say

I am waiting at the audiologist’s office to have my hearing checked. I made this appointment six months ago (that’s how it is in Canada…free but takes forever) so I better find out that my hearing is amazing (they will probably tell me it is damaged, that I have tinnitus, too much wax, etc).

Anyhow I am perusing my Google Alerts and see this one:

Where Investment Bankers Go To Get Back in Touch By Aaron Tucker
(This critique is not just directed at Do Make Say Think; most bands that played the mainstage struggled a bit to maintain any momentum, including audience-passive The Dears. In fact, this was the second time Torontoist has seen The …”

I’ve seen the Torontoist before and have heard that it is a great blog. Actually this is the first Dears poke I’ve seen on it, so I was compelled to get the link and read the whole story. The quote: “…most bands that played the mainstage struggled a bit to maintain any momentum, including audience-passive The Dears. In fact, this was the second time Torontoist has seen The Dears live and we’ve now come to the sneaky suspicion that the group doesn’t really care for audiences.” OK, just for a minute here before I go off: the expression is “sneaking suspicion.” Next, This is the type of comment that totally makes be crazy, mainly because it is narrow minded and totally a personal opinion (see To Review or Not To Review). Man, its short and cutting and lame. I think this attitude that all bands should pander to their audiences, tell them about merch, the name of the band, act like a musical infommercial is bogus. It works for some bands but doesn’t mean that its gonna work for The Dears. Our set gets so intense muscially on stage that there’s no time, no room for pleasantries. Its like if you’re making out with someone you think is really hot, you’re not going to stop making out to say: “Wow, you’re really hot.” Its just a pointless thing for someone to say.

Anyway, I’m all done at the audiologist’s and my hearing is totally fine. It’s above average, in fact. So it’s proven then: earplugs work. Use them at rock shows. Point finale.

3 Replies to “A Pointless Thing to Say”

  1. Hey Natalie!

    I know that it’s kind of weird to say “Torontoist” thinks something, but it actually is just what you’re saying it is — a personal opinion on the part of the writer.

    I wrote a letter about our staff’s opinions recently to our readers (http://www.torontoist.com/archives/2007/05/a_letter_from_t.php) basically explaining that “The use of an editorial “we” … is a stylistic choice; not one that establishes group consensus (when we say “Torontoist didn’t like that movie,” we don’t actually mean everyone on staff saw it and disliked it).” I just thought you’d want to know that I’m sure our staff has some valiant Dears fans in it, and that I hope we still qualify as a “great blog.”


    David Topping
    Co-Editor, Torontoist

  2. Hi David,
    In the letter you reference above, you mention that: “Staff and readers are all welcome to agree or disagree with, or to question, or to praise what is published on Torontoist…” And so I’m doing that, and I’m surprised that you were compelled to come here to reiterate the Torontoist’s non-group-group consensus format. I just think the shield blogging provides for individuals to hide behind is lame. If it’s not Torontoist’s opinion then your writer should be saying “I” instead of “we.” That’s why I started my own blog, because I felt the responsibility to identify myself as a distinct person with distinct ideas. Anyhow, this debate could go on forever. I appreciate that you read my blog, and I still think Torontoist is great. I just take issue with people being misleading for any reason, big or small.

    P.S. My name is NATALIA (not Natalie). It’s in big letters at the top of the blog. Duh.

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