I loves this post on CreateDigitalMusic from "Sizzurp Sippa", and I think it contains a lot of wisdom:
I defy anyone to watch the movie “Scratch” and then say that turntablism isn’t an art worth preserving.
Turntablism is most definitely an art worth preserving, in the same way playing jazz saxophone is an art worth preserving.
At one time though, turntables were the cheapest and easiest way for some young kid to go out and rock music… since records and turntables were the ubiquitous technology of their day. Turntablism was all about underground youth culture and enpowerment… they didn’t fetishize the turntables, they were simply the best and cheapest technology available at the time.
But nowadays, laptops and mp3s are the ubiquitous technology among youth. Turntablists are more and more like virtuoso jazz musicians, very talented and still making great sounds, but no longer relevant in that rebellious underground youth-culture sort of way.
Turntablism has become the realm of respectable adults. Q-Bert is 40 years old, and people are doing tasteful documentaries like Scratch.
P.S. Sorry about the title, I obviously don't speel well on Mundais.