I've got this friend who is a music lover, and several years ago, he discovered Acid loops and sampled loops CD libraries, and since then, he's been making music. However, he has never progressed beyond using only loops, and I've tried to explain to him that using loops only isn't really "making music" in the strict sense of the meaning we universally think of composers and musicians. I tried to explain to him that outside of loops is the "real" world of music-making--of composers and instrumentalists and performers, or even electronica knob tweakers. But he seems too comfortable with loops that are professionally produced to be in key, on time, easily matched..etc. Everytime he tells me he just made a new song, I'd have to fight the urge to preach to him once again what I've already said before.
I used to try to explain to one of my bandmates that learning even very basic music theory can open up so many more possibilities in his sonic vocabulary (he only knew that there are white keys and black keys, and knew absolutely nothing about scales, chords, harmony, melody, meter..etc). He basically just said he couldn't care less, and that knowing music theory will destroy his street credibility as an industrial musician--that it'll kill his originality and he'll sound just like everyone else.
There is a lot of that same mentality on KVR as well, especially from people who make ambient noise/soundscape/experimental noise stuff. Truth is, most of those people couldn't compose a line of worthwhile melody, harmony, or anything that resembled melodic music to save their lives, so they're pretty much limited to the kind of stuff they make. I got branded an "elitist scum" and "close-minded" and "snotty" when I tried to explain that knowing music theory will only free you, while not knowing it will only limit you.
Maybe I should just stop trying and mind my own business. Afterall, they are doing it because they enjoy it. Who am I to dictate how anyone should enjoy what they do?