Will the people at the club be happy?
Thursday, January 14, 2010
A thought experiment: suppose you showed up to a club to dance on a Friday night, and you had a DJ who had absolutely no idea about what music is popular at dance clubs these days -- for instance, if I was DJing. This DJ might decide that the safest way to keep his audience happy is to open up the Billboard Top #40 and just play them in reverse order, from lowest to highest. This way, he figures, by the time the playlist finishes, he's basically pleased everybody, because he's playing the most popular music, so statistically speaking, he's safe.