Bob Dylan's songs in the Civil Rights protests is what gets Dylan his cultural impact. Take that away and Dylan plummets out of the Top Ten most likely and yet everyone here will try desperately to keep him in there for some unknown reason and it will center around his status as an "iconic figure", only they'll have no category to fit it into.
Dylan has a lot more going on than just writing civil rights protests.
The fact that cultural impact can take so many forms
And different definitions as I've said.
Countless rock artists have attempted to use their popularity for political causes and failed miserably
With countless artists succeeding in a socio-political framework. Live Aid, Farm Aid, Human Rights Now! (with Amnesty International), USA for Africa in the '80s alone...the civil rights movement...the philanthropic and charitable work of many artists...and all sorts of concerts and benefits around the world for decades.
Some things around here never really change, and sadly it's still largely about people having their tastes validated by positions on a stupid list.
So now this list is stupid?
Is everybody really so insecure that seeing their favorite artist in a different spot on a list is going to cause them so much distress that they'll lose their mind over it? It's like a kindergarten class around here sometimes.
Just who is "everybody"? That's a pretty childish assumption to make.
The funny thing is, when I came back here I was surprised that the forum was as dead as it was and that there were so few people taking part regularly.
That's true for a lot of the forum here. There's only several regular posters here that frequent this site, not many, even though we have hundreds of members.
Then I made a few posts and everyone (well, ALMOST everyone) was glad to see me back and ask me questions and things started hopping again
I wouldn't call this exactly "hopping." The Rock Artists thread has always been one of the most active threads in DDD history. It has its moments of activity. Even this thread doesn't hold a candle to the "Led Zeppelin vs Who" spectacle of yesteryear.
Why even bother making lists on the site, just let everyone post their own and ignore everybody else's, argue over who has better taste and be done with it.
Actually, the forums have improved as people are opening their minds more. It was worse back in 2004 on the old posting board and in 2005 when the first incarnation of the forum began.
As I've been saying from day one, no one is forced to be here, to look at any lists and to comment on them.