I had way too much coffee yesterday (or was it covfefe, not quite sure), about six cups to be exact. All ginormous cups of delicious black cold brew. A good idea in theory, but when it finally came time for my head to hit the pillow for the evening, of course sleep did not come. So before I sent myself insane with my own problems bumping into one another running around my mind, I thought I’d take to Twitter to focus on other people’s problems instead. But that’s when I saw it. A destructive, single person thread attacking a particular artist. Now don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a blatant string of aggressive hate mail aimed at this particular artist, it was slyly and inadvertently dipped in sarcasm. The same sarcasm that I guess attracted me to Twitter in the first place. Regardless. It made me frown.
A destructive, single person thread attacking a particular artist. I get it. I get that in 2017 we air our grievances in a publicly private way. It’s almost as though we are hardwired to do so. Regardless of what you think you’re doing, you’re looking for external validation. Stop beating around the bush about it. And honestly, this is perfectly fine. If this is the way you choose to live the life you present online go right ahead. No one is going to stop you, I mean look at Donald Trump. We can’t even stop the flipping leader of the free world from airing his dirty laundry within 140 characters, what hope do the rest of us have?
For those who are familiar with Twitter, we all know our feeds are different and tailored to us specifically. Mine for example is a mixture of writers, Triple J presenters, Australian artists, the positive star (highly recommended) and people who write about music. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and their own way of voicing it as well, but, why be malicious to an Australian artist just because you don’t like them?
My discussions have always centred on their craft, not attempt to target them as a personIt just seems like the quickest way to waste a whole bunch of energy for a very strange reward. No, you didn’t tag the particular artist, but you did ignite others to join you in your satirically negative circle jerk of a discussion. Imagine if we placed this amount of energy into supporting the artists we love, instead of spruiking about the ones we hate? The words we say hold weight and importance and have the chance to impact upon someone else’s livelihood in a very IRL way.
I’m all for critical thinking and having open discussions about the music we are passionate about and the way we love to spend our time. There are a lot of artists whose music I don’t particularly like, and my discussions have always centred on their craft, not attempt to target them as a person. Anything else is just personally vindictive for the sake of being so.
We are quick to label just who and what we hate. But what about the artists we love, and the music we are passionate about? That’s what I want to hear about. And as positive star tweeted the other day (@lovelylilstars – seriously do it, it’s a real boost to your day), “You’re in this world for a reason, so why not make the most of it? Take chances, smell the roses, love unconditionally and do what makes you happy”.
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