Hey Miya, what do you think about online hobbyism?
The wide availability of consumer reviews and forums makes even consumer products develop communities around seemingly unimportant, minimally varieted things like shaving razors and mechanical keyboards, where people evaluate and review the detailed aspects as if it was fine wine. I think the consumerist aspect is a large motivating factor, not just becausing buying toys feels good and internet pll have disposable income
but it also delineates the devoted, in circle of those who Know and the unlearned noobs through monetary investment more than intelligence or research/taste (which caps at a necessarily low standard relative to, say, wine) allowing anyone to reach social prominence in the micro community if they choose to dedicate themselves there as their main best. It’s a low barrier of entry that appeals to the pudgy redditor variety of person - not that this is a phenomenon that doesn’t predate reddit. Most people’s interactions with these communities however are a little late teens precocious autism with their first disposable income and the desire to get the Good thing, for people who Know, to set themselves apart and above “mindless” consumers and to remove background anxiety that comes in making a known unknown “uninformed purchase” but to inform oneself means diving into a rabbit hole of these extant microcommunities. Most don’t actually get caught in then because they are just teens, it takes a special brand of autism, insecurity, ego and patheticness (and disposable income abut not, by design, intelligence or taste) to station yourself as one of the Lords of a hobby forum, but the time investment is high, it’s satisfying to be learning from what seems to be product of accumulated R&D, so as a perusing lurker you can find the conclusions from those who know without actually investing in their work. You start to get bit by their bug and fall for their social dogmas, influenced by the high egos of the established reviewers. The end result, though, is you get garish, inconvenient, expensive crap. Every time.
if you really want to win, you gotta cultivate internal aesthetic and design ideals, develop an expansive and well formed taste, an objective personal measure that can be applied across to all things, from picking your software to your toothpaste. Most of these ideologues don’t know what they’re talking about, they’re just fantasizing consumerism and resting on bloated egos from the forum circlejerk and that’s why personally I recommend the Cherry MX blue switches. The sound can’t be beat and the actuation point is perfect match for the human body. It’s no question, it’s gotta be blue for me.
Is it the same for something like wine?
something like wine is a bit of a different category than mechanical kbs etc. with wine (beer, coffee, etc) the goal is develop a refined (sensitive) palette to better appreciate the subjective delicacies and nuances of a good item of the thing. With doing research on quality equipment, like a good kB, monitor, headphone, razor etc... you develop the sensitivity to judge the objective best thing to fulfill your specific needset (and at your budget), at which point you make your purchase and move on, only returning when you want to reinvest in a higher tier or fulfill a slightly different or more specified needset. A fine wine palette is something constant, a learned skill you keep with you as a hobby to color life; this is goal oriented research
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