FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST: 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 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 industries is reflected more subtly but equally as strongly, in literature, friendship and even love?
Continue reading Kim Stolz’s post about Facebook, Twitter and texting at HuffingtonPost.com.