Parkinson’s law of triviality, also known as bikeshedding, bike-shed effect, or the bicycle-shed example, is C. Northcote Parkinson’s 1957 argument that organisations give disproportionate weight to trivial issues. Parkinson observed and illustrated that a committee whose job was to approve plans for a nuclear power plant spent the majority of its time with pointless discussions on relatively trivial and unimportant but easy-to-grasp issues, such as what materials to use for the staff bike-shed, while neglecting the less-trivial proposed design of the nuclear power plant itself, which is far more important but also a far more difficult and complex task to criticise constructively.
The law has been applied to software development and other activities, and the term “bikeshedding” was coined as a metaphor to illuminate Parkinson’s Law of Triviality and was popularised in the Berkeley Software Distribution community by Poul-Henning Kamp and has spread from there to the software industry at large.
“Em qualquer disputa a intensidade do sentimento é inversamente proporcional ao valor das questões em jogo.”
Given metal fans’ fierce loyalty to their chosen genre and propensity for making physical purchases, it makes perfect sense that they’d be spending the most time pressing replay on old Iron Maiden songs. As the label personnel interviewed in the Mashable piece noted, metal labels have been selling cassettes and vinyl for years, metal shirts and embroidered logo patches are de rigeur attire, metal festivals regularly draw fans from every corner of the globe, and there’s still a multitude of metal print magazines and fanzines circulating in a world that’s gone mostly digital. While fans of most other genres are drawn to shiny new artists, metal fandom is generational; new recruits are encouraged to appreciate the bands that came before and build up chronological knowledge while still keeping abreast of current developments. That widened musical net funnels directly into more sales; when someone’s buying up the new Mefitic record, they’re probably also beefing up their Blasphemy collection or finally grabbing that Hellhammer box set. Metalheads are completists, and metal as a genre is incredibly diverse; there are thousands upon thousands of metal bands out there to whom fans may pledge fealty, and they do so with an (economic) vengeance.