Fans of indie music are often portrayed as snobbish hipsters, people who believe that their tastes in music are more sophisticated, nuanced and refined. The idea is that the can somehow listen better to music than anyone else and therefore are much, much more picky when it comes to identifying “good” music.
Or are they?
New research from McMaster University in Hamilton says reality is quite the opposite. Indie fans are the most open-minded of all music fans. Researchers came to this conclusion after scouring more than a billion song downloads in order to determine which self-identified fan groups had the most ecumenical tastes in music. Here’s the list.
So pop music is more exclusive than indie music? Pop music snobs? Apparently so. Read the details of these findings at the CBC.