Jeremy Quintin
Staff Columnist

In a recent EDM competition to remix dubstep artist Zomboy’s new single, “Here to Stay,” an artist who goes by the name SM0R3S submitted a remix that gained some controversy amongst the voters. When uploaded, each remix when uploaded is presented with its waveform which, simply put, is a visual representation of a song’s volume and sound. The look of SM0R3S’s waveform had a particular shape to it which most producers associate with an unpleasant distorted sound quality.

Those who commented on this distorted shape said that the track looked as though it would sound awful. After a few initial comments like these were made, a large number of people jumped on the bandwagon and hit SM0R3S with some rather rough criticism, some of which was downright rude and others were snide jests that were no longer critiques of the actual track, and but rather blatant insults towards the artist.

Ignoring the rude critiques, one would think that the sensible people who identified the problem acted quite responsibly in pointing out an error in need of fixing. However, anyone who actually listened to the remix could have told you that even the initial accusation was entirely unfounded. Having listened to the remix myself, I can say with certainty that there is no noticeable distortion and that the track sounds fine on my worst to my best speakers. How then, could even the reasonable critics have gotten their information wrong?

My guess is that none of them actually listened to the track. Everyone that commented talked about how bad the waveform of the track looked, but no one commented on the actual sound quality. Had anyone actually listened, there may have been differing opinions from what was said. Instead everyone took the easy route of agreeing on one reality and judged the way the remix sounded by the way it looked. They judged a book by its cover, the greatest sin in all of practiced criticism.

There’s an awful lot of jumping to conclusions in our world, and a lot of it comes from not fully assessing the situations we find ourselves in. Whether our neglect in these situations comes from carelessness, ignorance, inconsideration, or something else entirely, it will always result in falsified and misleading information. Additionally, when it comes to the judgment of others’ creations, our poor conclusions rarely hurt ourselves but often hurt those who diligently worked on their craft.

This is all visible on our college campus too. Every day I hear people complaining about the bad decisions that such and such a campus publication made without knowing why those decisions were made or even considering what the potential benefits of such decisions are. I have read emails from students complaining about the lack of attention given to due dates while I can easily recall three or four reminders that came to my own inbox. I hear club leaders getting criticized for their lack of accomplishments as if the members had no other task than to sit around and stare.

People speaking before they think is something we encounter all the time, and we ourselves are no less guilty. I am just as big a culprit of this as anyone else, and I try with much effort to not be.

In this fast paced modern world of ours, we sometimes feel as though we must leap before we look just to keep up with the pace of everyone else. Yet the result of such an action is misinformation, miscommunication, and unwarranted accusation. The lack of consideration which we give to each other has to be noticed, and it has to be dealt with so that situations like SM0R3S’ do not happen again. We cannot continue giving each other hard times with our false notions of reality lest we live in a world of total confusion.

The Elm

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