The Non-Consumption Function


Veteran indie rock prince Ira Kaplan of the band Yo La Tengo spells out baldly one aspect of the imp of the perverse behind a certain variety of consumerist and cultural refuseniks at the end of this Pitchfork interview:

I don't have…a cellphone. It's kind of up there at this point with why I don't watch "The Sopranos". Sort of like, I'm sure "The Sopranos" is a good show, but the reaction and the pleasure I get from not watching it could never match the pleasure I would get from watching it. So it's the same thing with the phone. It's not like I don't recognize that there would be advantages to having one, but still.