Let's talk about them.
About a year ago, my family was FURIOUSLY trying to convince me to replace my home built surround sound system with a "sound bar" a VERY cheap surround sound system where all the cheap speakers are shoved up together and don't provide actual surround sound, just a speaker setup with 5.1 channels, which is technically surround, but not really. Its a small step above the speakers that come with your TV, but A GIANT LEAP DOWN FROM EVEN A DIRT CHEAP REAL SURROUND UNIT.
Try explaining all this to them.
Basically my surround sound system looks like it was found in the trash, because it was. The reciever is literally held together with duct tape, and the speakers are big ones from 80s and 90s hi-fi stereos that were thrown out just for being old. In other words perfectly functional, high-end stuff that was thrown away for looking old and rough.
But because its not iPod shiny and none of their equally technologically illiterate friends are talking about how great it is, it must be junk I'm dying to get rid of, and have replaced with modern cheap Chinese made crap that sounds like ass on toast and will break within 3 nanoseconds of being turned on. No, thank you.
I'm sick of this disposability mentality that so permeates out culture. Sure I reap the rewards, but explaining it to people is such a pain in the ass.
"Its so big and bulky and all those wires! Surely you'd like something more compact."
"Yes, and I'll just get rid of my high-end expensive V8 Mercury Grand Marquis, and replace it with a much less bulky, more compact Yugo GV."
"But this is newer so it must be better!"
"Yes, and I'm sure you'd rather have a brand new Hyundai Veloster than an old and inferior Bentley Arnages, right?"
Some people... I swear...