I am sorry but I truly seem to be misunderstood. My original stance was referring to people that say owning anything like...physical media and using streaming services as a replacement is better. To put this down swiftly, it is saying a bought license with no peer reviewed save state is the answer because some generations think that their "get rid of it all, physical is dead!" ideology is somehow king. That is the mediocrity I speak of. Great men have surrounded themselves with books for knowledge. They go to them but not like the posers that go to the internet typing up the latest wikipedia entry. The difference with the great men is that they understand the knowledge and don't just parrot it like the so many experts that think they know better. With me (and I am not great man) I know what I know because I had to work for it. It is my blood sweat and tears that put that ownership on the wall, not just some membership like the public library at your fingertips. Sure I can get that membership but does that mean I actually read it it all because it is there? What is on my wall has been watched and listened to and read and earned because I took the time to cherish it. Not that a library card or a netflix membership is a bad thing. Renters are important... What annoys me, let's go back to the quote from you. "This is when the futility of materialism becomes most evident, as much of the stuff we spent good money for we can't even give away- or it fetches pennies on the dollar." First of all, by definition unless one is buying things strictly for profit instead of enjoying it than there is going to be items sold in the future that give you less than what you have paid for. Anything mass produced is going to run this risk. Unless you live to be 50o years old (and even then), most of what you have is going to be of very little value in your lifetime. Of course the "pennies on the dollar" mentality is the thinking that what you have collected didn't have worth while you had it? If it did, than yes you were foolish indeed and did not know how to spend your money. In other words, if you bought something that didn't give you as in yourself some kind of value than what is the point? Does one just buy just to buy...now that is pathetic. I am giving buzz words to make a point. This is nothing personal. I actually quite like buying some things just to buy it, but when it becomes your collection something is wrong...correction when it becomes part of your permanent collection, something is really wrong. Everything I have bought and keep in my collection has been a great value to me. Most of what I have is still what I enjoy for the next 30 or so years. My tastes have not changed all that much because I have stayed true to myself. Some that have regretted their collection or sold with the hope for profit I have questioned. The ones that are crying about that they have not been getting what they think they should are either A. Unaware of the concept of supply and demand or B. bought complete and utter garbage that they too see no use in (poser...or they are just poor salesman). So hope that clarifies what annoys me. That and the bigger supposed "folly" that you are ruled by what you own concept. I made my decisions as an adult and I have no regret for the that vast majority of what I have purchased. I know why I have done it, and I don't think it is going to be some big savings account to tap into whenever I choose. I have lived a lifetime knowing that physical media will get you about 1/5th of what you paid if you are lucky. In my own lifetime I usually get half because I am choosy about what I buy. That is a sweet deal because I also factor in that I enjoyed it for all that time! Do I get surprises, absolutely. Selling the complete Friday the 13th on bluray for 300 bucks was awesome considering I paid ~40 bucks for it used (or new, I lose track). And it is awesome because I know it isn't worth that (even though it was a pretty good set of fun brainless movies). Now do I feel a little dig because it is now going for $800. Never underestimate the power of stupid on people. Beanie Babies went for more, didn't mean they were truly worth it. I love Fight Club, but I never bought the quote "the things you own end up owning you" in the way people think it applies to society. He was talking to Norton who is an example of a person that thinks that owning stuff just to own it is the answer to your life (poser). I own what I own because it helps me as a person to love, to cherish to feel to think. If it is all gone tomorrow (and it may very well be)...so what. It never owned me. Hell, if I were to lose it, I would just go collect it all again (if the insurance money didn't do it quicker)...why...because my KISS albums are just as much a part of me as they think it is a part of them . Did KISS the band form because they are individuals, or is the reason they are on my wall have to do with the fact that they are a reflection of the ideals that I so cherish. Yeah if I die someday soon, you can bet there is going to be a copy of Alive! really really close by. I hope this explains it just a little closer. That and when I hear Norton say "I thought this would be the last couch" I chuckle. Are you kidding me? I will never be happy with the "last couch". There is always a better couch. And after I bust it apart and burn it, or trade it, sell the scrap metal....there is a shiny new one just waiting for me to plant my ass in. In the end, it is just a place for my ass or to drop food in. I just love being a consumer. It reminds me of the fact that I am still alive.