Saturday, 30 June 2018

A taste for Lamborghinis


Taste is rum thing isn’t it? With no prior knowledge I would have assumed a Lamborghini Miura should not cost a huge amount of money because who would want one? A sixties/seventies car with an uninspiring interior trying to look like some kind of Le Mans racer.

It’s a matter of taste though and this site has one for sale at £949,995. So much for my assumption. Are they investments? Could be because horrible paintings can be investments so why not a car which isn’t horrible but isn’t particularly appealing. If I had that kind of money I wouldn’t spend it on a Lamborghini Miura but that’s taste for you.

For example Ed Sheeran, a chap who could afford a Miura, has been in the news recently. Some outfit is suing him for enough money to buy tons of Lamborghinis and here again the issue of taste arises. I loathe Mr Sheeran’s music but millions evidently lap it up. Must be a matter of taste but is it a matter of individual taste? Are we led astray by fads, fashions and fantasies? Is taste manipulated? Of course it is – we all know that.

There is an element of simplicity to many aspects of taste. It is simpler and easier to go along with popular tastes and accept what is widely accepted. The Lamborghini Miura is usually presented as an exotic classic so wanting one is easy to understand. It is understandable even for those in no position to buy one or even contemplate the possibility of buying one. It is a matter of taste, easier to accept than analyse.

Ed Sheeran’s music is popular so acquiring a taste for it was presumably easy for huge numbers of people. Easier than trying to analyse what might be wrong or culturally undesirable about popular music in general, let alone the music of a specific performer. Again it is a matter of taste, easier to accept than analyse. Analysis of popular taste seems futile because what difference does it make? Popularity sidelines analysis every time.


Scrobs. said...

Taste is all about Senora O'Blene's egg and bacon flan, with a little potato salad and a home-made coleslaw.

Tosh like Sheeran's weak, squeaky voice, and some sort of plain old car doesn't even get near the starting post!

You only have to look at the side banners of The Daily Mail online to understand further, how good taste went out of the window ages ago.

Demetrius said...

Sadly, parking it in most places these days would amount to an open invitation to all the louts and loutesses with spray cans.

Scrobs. said...

Demetrius, do you mean the squealy bloke or the car?

A K Haart said...

Scrobs - we had potato salad today and yes, good taste went out of the window ages ago.

Demetrius - not a car to take to the supermarket either. Hardly anywhere in fact.