Kim Stolz: Is the Internet Ruining Everything From Music to Human Accountability?

It’s no secret or surprise that musical artists from the 60s, 70s, and 80s are much enraged by what the Internet has done for record sales and music piracy. When I interviewed Stevie Nicks last week, she

Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks

explained that part of the reason for releasing her new Live In Chicago DVD was to show “the kids” a real rock show. In addition, she told me, as so many artists have, that “downloads are the end.” We all know that the music industry is in a fragile state right now. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of the new stuff. The Electro-pop and indie rock genres are innovative and exciting , and arguably, hip-hop and rap are truly flourishing genres (see Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III, 3X Platinum.) However, I can’t help but wonder, what if this is the last wave before utter destruction of the music scene, both in quality and production? And further, what if the tangible threat that “technology” poses on the music and movies industry is reflected more subtly but equally as strongly, in literature, friendship, and even love?

When I asked the Gold Dust Woman herself if we’d ever see a “Stevie Nicks” Twitter account, her answer, full of vigilance and almost ire, was “You will never see a Stevie Nicks Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or anything else, because I think it’s cheap and it’s sleazy and I hate it!” Call her dated all you want, but before you do, I think it’s worth examining…

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