“Fastidious taste makes enjoyment a struggle.”
– Mason Cooley
The science of Recommendations seems, to me, to be very imprecise.
Pandora, set to my station of summery, party, of-no-artistic-value-whatsoever music, was feeding me a lively stream of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, and other culturally reprehensible choices. And then suddenly, out of no where, an unmistakable disco beat. And then, “Ah, ah ah, ah, stayin’ alive! Stayin’ alive!” Who ordered the Bee Gees?
Then later on Amazon.com, Small Dog’s personal crack, I was casually leafing through their recommendations for me. They defy logic. Wondering what had possessed it to recommend Conan the Barbarian I clicked on it to see why. Answer: because I once ordered Planet Earth.