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Men Of Great Authority: In Defense of Orgy

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Yesterday's PRP article about Orgy's imminent crowd funding failure was quite a firestorm in the metal and industrial online communities, with Facebook buzzing and comments on fora increasing by the second. The article was later picked up by Metal Sucks, where most people read it, and, I think, it was Metal Sucks that really set the tone. It was pretty obvious from the beginning of the article, with its "Wow. So close, dudes!" that this was not meant to be objective journalism, although if you take the snide comments away, the article actually does provide interesting insight into why crowdfunding campaigns succeed or fail.

What I picked up on was the sheer volume of schadenfreude that exploded in social media. And frankly it was a little bit sickening to watch, and flat out alarming.


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Look, here's the scoop: I don't listen to Orgy and frankly never found their music interesting. And in order to even begin writing this, I spent a good hour on wikipedia trying to find information about the band, their side-projects, record labels, and frankly an immense amount of music-industry STUFF that the band members are involved in. I wonder how many people's careers would take even five minutes to cover on Wikipedia.

I think it's true that most, if not all, commentors on the internet are probably in my position: they don't know the band, they haven't heard the name in years. They write "epic, fail," "serves them right," "you guys suck," and all sorts of other vitriol, and--quite literally----they don't know what they're talking about. All they know is: big rockstar band from 15 years ago not doing quite as well as they used to. And so HA HA HA what a bunch of losers.

But, really, aren't orgy not just grown men going about their business, with families and worries of their own? Did they stop being people when they ascended into the spotlight, or when they descended out of it?

Seems to me that the various members of Orgy are still involved in the music industry. They're not on national radio or touring with Korn, sure, but how that fact gets transformed into the jealous and hate-filled reaction we witnessed yesterday is a sad commentary about our society's tricky relationship with fame. There is a 99% in the music industry. We're not all rock stars, and we work pretty hard.


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