What’s wrong with this picture? Click to enlarge the image if necessary. See it? One of the CD cases protrudes slightly above the others in a fairly unsightly manner. You might pass the shelf several times before noticing, but once you see it, the minute inconsistency will drive you mad. Or maybe it will just annoy you very slightly. But if you think about it long enough, it will probably drive you mad.
The problem is that that “CD case” is actually no such thing. It’s a digipak, which is a fancy name for a chintzy cardboard panel abomination. While some of my peers have notably come out in support of digipaks, I ask you to be vigilant in steeling yourself against their persuasive charms. Digipaks are one of the biggest shams being perpetrated on the world’s music-buying population.
I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of respect for my CDs. Since I treat them a bit like little people, an analogy to the human world is fitting. A jewel case is a sturdy structural marvel, like a house for a CD. Grab one and examine it carefully; there’s a precise, deceptively simple architecture at work. A loose disc is like a hobo, perpetually adrift and looking more ragged by the day. And a digipak is the cardboard box the hobo pulls over himself to sleep at night. It might temporarily protect him from the elements, but it doesn’t make him any less homeless. It begins falling apart the very first time he uses it.
Do the right thing, world. Every CD deserves a proper plastic home.