Jay's "Ugly Truth" video


Why does this get mentioned so rarely? 

I've experienced the "dark side" and have never had the means to afford gear that's remotely close to the level that Jay focuses on. 

What about you -- can you relate or have you always been able to maintain a healthy balance and avoid being overtaken by obsession? 


It's not just audio, you could become obsessed with anything cars, boats, everyone wants bigger and better they're always looking for Utopia.. hobbies aren't usually the best investment

@audioman58 You a coffee drinker? ;-) You've got the Kerouac style down. Or, as Truman Capote said, "That's not writing, that's typing."


While I agree with @bigtwin and @mfili35 that if one has a tendency towards OCD, any hobby can bring this out, I don’t agree that every hobby emphasizes "upgrading" or "taking things to the nth degree" to the same extent as audio.

Furthermore, it’s simply not true that one is either a full-blown OCD case or entirely free from any vulnerability to being overtaken by consumerism. Such black and white thinking does not describe reality.

Focusing upon Jay himself is a handy way to 1) avoid actually looking at the issue, (as is lumping all you tubers into one basket and rejecting them) and 2) assert one’s own perceived immunity from psychological issues. And while I'll agree that Jay can come across as self-important, his demeanor in this video is quite different. 

In retrospect, I shouldn’t have mentioned Jay at all, as it proves an "easy out" for those who do not want to actually engage with the topic.  "Live and learn" as the saying goes.





@mahgister Wrote:

Jay struck me as a very honest person...Once this is said...

I agree!


+1 @stuartk Well said.

The other thing about audio is there is an alternative to being OCD and upgrading. One can change laterally. Different sounds, different flavors. Like a guitarist who has multiple axes or who changes them, or a person who tries different restaurants or types of cuisine. There is a mania that says that "better"  is the goal. But why not different? "Different" helps satisfy what may be the driving desire -- for variation. Of course, the logic of the mainstream economic system is always "more" and "better" rather than "other" and "different," but it’s hard to get the average person unshackled from that false-consciousness. And it is a shame. Diversity is our friend.