Most of my music is modern, pop, rock, indie, rap, etc. I do have Jazz and classical and female vocalist but to a limited degree.
Also I use SS and my computer many a time for convenance, I find it hard for myself (I guess my generation, *** you iPod and the shuffle feature) to put on cd in and listen from front to back without skipping songs, fast forwarding, getting bored..... Half the time I try to critically evaluate music or the speakers, I lose myself in something else and it becomes background music, then when the song ends I go oh wait, I totally missed the song, hit back and do it all over again. To be honest the best time I remember a song is the minutes right before I fall asleep or the minutes in the morning that I wake up (gasp radio alarm clock!)
I missed this very interesting post! I think I get it. And, I think this is a crucial point of understanding regarding the difference between us old farts and the 20-somethings.
Here's my analogy: I can barely even watch TV anymore because the spinning, twisting, morphing, turning, strobing, splashing, jerking, wiggling, jiggling, zooming, video techniques used on everything gives me an enormous headache. It used to be that 15 cuts in a 30-second 'mercial was a lot. Now, I can't even count them - 30, 40 and more, not counting all the twisting and zooming. TV shows same way. The camera must always be moving, circling, zooming and unzooming with all that hand-held jiggling on purpose. This is because TV is designed for young minds. So, I can imagine that the idea of putting on a record, sitting back and listening intently for 30 minutes must sound insane to folks like Jay!
The worst offenders on TV are the NatGeo and the Science channel. They are not at all about science really, they just are an excuse to run the video-effects processor on full tilt for 30 minutes. All flash, no content whatsoever. They can't even do a 10-second interview with a human without twisting and jerking and zooming the camera five or six times while the guy gives his (meaningless) 10-second answer.
So, I would guess this has a big impact on music too.