What We Are About
I think the iPod is the true face of Republican politics, and I’m in favor of the music industry - standing up proud and saying it out loud: We in the Chiclet-manufacturing business are not about social justice, ...we’re not about a coherent set of national ideals, we’re not about wisdom. We’re about choosing what WE want to listen to and ignoring everything else. ...We’re about giving ourselves a mindless feel-good treat every five minutes. ...We’re about persuading ten-year-old children to spend twenty-five dollars on a cool little silicone iPod case that costs a licensed Apple Computer subsidiary thirty-nine cents to manufacture.
Jonathan Franzen, in 'Freedom'