An Ethical Dilemma

I have a bit of a quandary.

Regular Inkstain readers will know of my podGoober Project, wherein I load all music I own into my new Portable Music Device, in the process listening to everything. I’m pretty close to completing it – down to the last few CDs, and a pretty marginal group it is. There are a couple of CDs that will not cross the podGoober’s electronic threshold, including a monstrously bad recording of Rhapsody in Blue that I picked up cheap in the used bin at Page One Too. It clearly was there for a reason. I must find a good recording of RiB (suggestions welcome – the opening clarinet run is one of life’s great pleasures, and belongs on my podGoober) but the two times I listened to the bad one it just pissed me off.

The real dilemma involves Alvin and the Chipmunks. What are my ethical obligations to them?


  1. Although it is a little Orwellian, you will be doing the world a favor by denying the very existence of Alvin and the Chipmunks.

    “Eurasia has always been at war with Alvin.”


  2. Interesting take Jimbo.

    My take was: it depends if John has a psychological dependence upon nostalgia to maintain self-identity.

    That is – do you listen to the same stuff you listened to in High School, John, and take your identity from it? If so, ethically for yourself and your constructed reality, you must relive the time when you thought A & C was great.

    Otherwise, chuck it, you’ll wonder what the heck you were thinking about. :o)

    Best & thanks for the chuckle,


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