Seth Godin is so far in the present and future that he believes the culture is shifted as opposed to shifting. There is an important continuum and constant transition over time. There are still Americans who are dallying in the 19th century. Most are still cogs, jealously wanting to still be cogs, and very few — maybe a fraction — are the “players of ideas,” the “makers of things,” the “artists of their lives.” Seth Godin is both a modernist but also mostly (still) a futurist. I may well live in his future, but most do not, they still want Rolls Royces and Persian Rugs as signifiers to define who we are to others. They do address this, though, on the On Being podcast.
I found myself in the London Luton Airport waiting for a flight back to Berlin and I couldn’t find my favorite pair of Etymotic ER6i Isolator Earphones (I have two) and needed a pair of in-ear headphones.
So I wandered into an electronics store there and dropped £100 on a pair of Beats In-Ear Headphones and have been very happy with them.
What I like most is that the wires are as thick and as al dente as well-cooled linguine noodles. It doesn’t tangle, it doesn’t break, the wires don’t pull apart like the Etymotic 6i’s tend to do if you’re not careful.
The in-ear nature of the headphones, in my humble opinion, is even better than the BOSE active noise-canceling headphones.
I can wad up the Beats and just throw them in my pocket and the worse thing that will happen is that the rubber buds may fall off and I will need to replace them, which is OK because they’re cheap and you can get replacements easy from eBay.
If you’re looking for some dependable in-ear, audiophile-quality earphones and you’re tough on stuff and do a lot of traveling, then grab a set of these.