Trent Reznor on Twitter, Oversharing, and How Dick Pics Aren’t OK
Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor may operate a Twitter account with over 1.6 million followers, but that doesn’t mean that he thinks all the sharing that’s going on over there is a-ok.
Reznor recently sat down with SPIN magazine for an in-depth interview and had this to say about social media and our culture of oversharing:
“I was excited about Twitter when we went out on our own because it felt like the most direct way to penetrate people’s attention. I also got a charge out of people realizing that I wasn’t a recluse sleeping in a coffin. But in hindsight, my experimenting with Twitter was a mistake. Oversharing feels vulgar to me now. I know we’ve been fooled into thinking it’s okay to show dick pics and that the Kardashians’ behavior is normal, but it’s not. I’ve tuned out in the last couple years. Everybody’s got a fucking opinion. It takes courage to put something out creatively into the world, and then to see it get trampled on by cunts? It’s destructive.”
He also commented on the need to keep one’s social media persona separate from the creative side of things – at least in his opinion.
“I’ve had the experience over the last few years of liking bands, and then checking what they’re up to on Tumblr or something, and immediately realizing, ‘This is you?’ Fuck.’ I don’t want my personality to get in the way of what I’m trying to do musically.”
Reznor won an Oscar back in 2011 for his score for The Social Network, David Fincher’s account of the founding of Facebook based on the book The Accidental Billionaires.
Nine Inch Nails’ new album, Hesitation Marks, debuted today.
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