Ezra Chang [emchang3]
What do you currently have in your MP3 player?
30 Seconds to Mars, A Beautiful Lie
Avenged Sevenfold, City Of Evil
Dream Theater, Octavarium
Dream Theater, Systematic Chaos
Fat Joe, Jealous One's Envy
GZA, Liquid Swords
Imogen Heap, Speak For Yourself
Imogen Heap, Ellipse
Jay-Z, The Blueprint
Jay-Z, The Blueprint 3
Mute Math, Mute Math
Makaveli, The 7 Day Theory
Radiohead, Kid A
Raekwon, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
Raekwon, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt II
Ronald Jenkees, Disorganized Fun
Ronald Jenkees, Derty
The Fray, How to Save a Life
Tool, 10000 Days
Tupac, All Eyez On Me
Andy McKee, Art of Motion
Snacky Chan, Part of the Nation
Snacky Chan, Politickin', Vol. 1
Shogunna, Signed 2 The Streets
Pillar, Where Do We Go from Here
The Emcee (Jin), Presents the Emcee's Proper'ganda
What books are you currently reading?
Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions
Elizabeth Hawes, Camus, A Romance
Paul Herr, Primal Management
What is that special film you never tire of watching?
What do you use: Mac or PC and why?
PC, for the cost, expedience, and familiarity.
What is to come after consumist society?
A consumerist society will become more and more focused on seeking pleasure, which will become its downfall, in absence of other forces (moral and spiritual renewal, external enemies, etc).
Do you find the saturation of advertising in the media excessive?
Yes. The advertising creates want/envy in people where formerly it did not exist, at least for most products.
What were your favourite subjects when you were in primary/secondary school?
I hated school in grades 1-8. In grades 9-12, it wasn't much better, but I enjoyed some of my literature classes.
Do you think video games, chat rooms, etc. have a dangerous addictive
effect on teenagers?
There is the potential for addiction, yes. But not all teenagers engaged in those activities are addicted, just as not everybody who drinks is alcoholic.
Has there been a personal-growth book that has transformed your life?
Does the Bible qualify?
Do you defend urban graffiti?
Yes. It is the outflow of the urban soul that makes its imprint on its own environment, in defiance of dominant social forces in greater society.
What magazines do you frequently read?
Esquire, XXL, Rolling Stones.
Piracy continues to grow: What will happen to the music and film
industries and culture in general?
If the profit goes out of it, only those with love for the art will remain. What dies will be these industries and the culture of profit they represent. What remains will be culture in the hands of those who deserve it. But it's a big if.
How do you explain the rise in "fame" culture?
Money. Essentially, the adaptation of music and performance to profit-producing industries reached an unprecedented level during the 20th century, due to the mass media machine and innovative technologies. Artists were ever more in the eye of the public, who saw the affluent lifestyles and the glamor of popularity.
What do you have in your wallet right now?
Receipts, identification cards, credit card.
How do you kill time?
Listen to music, think, play solitaire on the computer.
In which city do you live? What are your favourite and least favourite things about it?
Naperville, IL (Chicago suburb)
Suburbia provides for comfort, space between people, cleanliness, overall general feeling of wealth and entitlement.
Least Favorite things:
Culture is somewhat uniform, the space between people can be a disconnect between people, socio-economically somewhat uniform, which reinforces the uniformity of culture. I always feel like I'm missing out on experiencing a greater variety and depth of cultures that can be found in an urban setting, and the ways they interact with one another.
Where have you thought of going for your next holiday?
New York City or Paris