The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109916 Message #2302144
Posted By: Richard Bridge
31-Mar-08 - 12:56 PM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
Melissa, there are offensive ignorami everywhere. I think the Mudcat probably has fewer than real life (now that a few have been banned). It does however specialise in just a few genuinely well informed people who nonetheless have one or two utterly stupid fetishes and ram them down and up everyone they meet here until they meet in the middle. Some too are self-important. You have seen a few in action on this very thread.
Stick around and see. Maybe you might start your own thread "Any Folk and Acoustic in Missouri?", and apart from the inevitable "What is folk" debate you will probably get some useful information.
Tom, you are very right that Parris deserves condemnation on two levels. First he demonstrates utter ignorance and rudeness. Second he assumes that it is permissible to condemn an entire genre of ethnic music (pity he misidentified it) as ethnically inferior - something that would rightly be condemned (even by his cryptofascist party) if he were speaking of any ethnic music other than a white English one. You and I may disagree about "what is folk" but on this thread I think we agree.