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Clearly, however, writers have not totally forgotten about Chinese Democracy, because they still use it as a metaphor for anything whose release is delayed for years and years. Some examples:
- Gawker called the Affordable Care Act "the Chinese Democracy of legislative components."
- RVA called D'Angelo's new album Black Messiah "the Chinese Democracy of R&B."
- The Reformed Broker called the Verizon iPhone "the Chinese Democracy of smart phones."
- Dowsing called Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)'s You Will Eventually Be Forgotten "the Chinese Democracy of emo."
- A pinball site called Pinside (their motto: "Flippin' fantastic!") declared that "the new Metallica Code is the Chinese Democracy of the pinball world."
- You want more? Well, according to various pundits, there are Chinese Democracys of "indie rock albums," "blog posts," "video games," "reality TV albums" (whatever those are), "algorithm changes," and "mountain bikes," too, plus a hell of a lot more.
So in a weird way, Chinese Democracy did achieve a sort of immortality -- not as a piece of music, but as a figure of speech. Does that count as a triumph?