It's been 10 years since Apple launched the iPod, and with it, an entirely new way to listen to music. People can now carry their entire music collection in their pocket, and with sites like Last.fm and Spotify, the songs they listen to can be posted instantly to the social networking sites of their choosing. It's like the process of some music snob cornering you at a party to ask if you've heard of their third favorite German techno band has been completely automated and updated for the 21st century.
But what are you really sharing when you post your playlists online? You might be surprised to learn that you're revealing a lot more about yourself than you intended when you give people a song-by-song account of what you listen to.
For example ...
White People With Acoustic Covers of Hip-Hop:
What They Want People to Think:
They like it when an artist is able to put their own unique spin on a genre that's outside their comfort zone.
Even on a purely audio level, they find black people intimidating.
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