Sunday, 24 May 2015

Milking the YouTube Superlative.

There’s a comment on a Lisa Gerrard track on YouTube. It says:

Lisa Gerrard the finest voice on earth.

Er, no. There are 7bn people on earth, each with a different voice. We are permitted our favourites. We may even permit ourselves qualitative discernment, but that’s it. It’s like the groom describing his wife as ‘the most beautiful woman in the world’ in his wedding breakfast speech. There’s no such thing as the most beautiful woman in the world. There’s no such thing as the finest voice on earth. Here’s what David Mitchell has to say on the matter:

Another comment on the same track says:

Enya so amazing!! omg

Where do they come from – all these people who seem to think that every female voice on YouTube is Enya’s, or at least the ones they like? They crop up all over the place. Do they belong to some little-known cult with its headquarters deep in the hills of Donegal, being brainwashed while high on shamrock soup and second rate poteen? You can’t tell them they’re wrong, you know. They simply refuse to believe you. I know because I've tried.

(How on earth did I ever write a blog before I discovered YouTube?)

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