Tuesday, March 2, 2010

lo-fi joke, for those who were born in the late 1960's and 1970's

Low Noise, Type I
* lo-fi joke, for those who were born in the late 1960's and 1970's

Well what got into me to change the name of this blog from "Shopping for Faith" to "Le Culte du Cassette" (The Cassette Cult)? There's a joke in all this. Read it all or just jump to reason five (5) and not read the whole boring explanation.

1. It's a lo-fi joke for those who were born in the late 1960's and 1970's who might get it right away. Back when we were younger (1980's), most of us used cassettes to listen to our favorite records from whichever music genre (in my case, all forms of hard rock like punk and thrash).

2. To some of us back then, music genres were like subcultures, like a religion -- from choosing your friends (not limited by sex, race or religion) to what you wore (in my case, jeans and a black MC jacket).

3. Nowadays there's a retro community (1970-80's music, clothes, cars, guitars, etc) who still sees music as a deciding factor in human relationships, in the same way, that members of a church (religion, denomination, faith, beliefs, traditions, building, etc) become a subculture as we befriend other members of the same church.

4. Since some religious groups (also definable as subcultures) are considered cults for being deviant from the mainstream practice of Christianity, the new name is a mockery of this whole experience, human condition, situation and/or schism. Now is this a mockery of God? No, it's rather a mockery on man-made religion (practices) and oneself.

5. Then again I simply wanted to change the name from "Shopping for Faith" to something more relevant like enjoying religion and faith as most of us enjoy and love music (even in outdated, low fidelity technology). After all I already shopped for a spiritual home (a church) and I found one with several people whom I've become good friends with.