Ongoing History Daily: Playlistism

No one likes to be discriminated against, which is why people are disturbed by a form of discrimination called “playlistism.” This is where someone judges you by the nature and composition of the playlists you have on your phone or one you’ve made for streaming service. You might have run into such discrimination yourself.

On a related note, about 15 years a British psychologist named Samuel Gosling and an American at Cambridge named Peter Rentfrow discovered links between taste and personality and what your playlists say about you. One of the findings published in the journal Psychological Science was that metal, rap, and industrial fans were typically more shy than people who liked other forms of music.

Counter-initiative? Maybe, but the researchers maintain that the music doesn’t lie.

The last post was a look back at jukeboxes.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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