Mean Tweets: Music Edition

Mean Tweets: Music Edition

The Internet is a wonderful thing. More information is more available than ever before. More people are more connected to each other than ever before. More opportunities are more available to tell more people what we think, know and feel than ever before. And it’s overwhelmed us. Just like the halcyon days of sexual emancipation in the 1960s, it’s anything goes. Though instead of sticking our sex organs all over the place, it’s who we wanted voted off this week’s X Factor, heavily processed images of last Thursday’s lunch, four-second videos of our neighbor’s cat sneezing. And most of all: our opinions. We share our opinions all over the place. There are comment and reply boxes in virtually every corner of the Internet. Content creators actively encourage people to respond publicly to their work. And what a wonderful thing it is! How great that artists can connect with people all around the world. How wonderful to be able to feel what your audience is feeling. How privileged to be able to engage with people you’ve never met, and probably never will. That is, until the comments turn mean. I’m not talking about critical comments. Every artist knows not everyone is going to fall in love their work. The wonderful nature of opinion is that everyone is as entitled to love, like, dislike or hate anyone’s work as everyone else. Everyone is entitled to form their own opinion on wholly personal and wholly subjective grounds. I’m talking about mean comments. Comments that have no value and no useful purpose. They’re just there to express arbitrary distaste. They exist just to make the person writing them feel superior by expressing publicly that (in their opinion) someone...
Bruno Mars on Getting Started

Bruno Mars on Getting Started

The creative act starts at the moment the fear of not writing it at all over takes the fear of it not being good enough. Here’s Bruno Mars on his early influences, the value of simplicity in songwriting, and the power seizing the day instead of waiting for someone to come along and make things happen for you....