This in from Music Industry Report via Trent’s Nine Inch Nails board: http://musicindustryreport.org/?p=8944
Now, this article may just sound like a whiny rock star at times, but he has some valid points. It is expected of celebrities now to open up their lives to these public portals. But at some point you’re going to end up with weirdos, stalkers, and idiots ruining the experience.
The bigger you get, the more people hate you.
I think two things have happened with an artist’s relationship to their fans with the social media revolution.
It has begun to portray celebrities as regular people who have flaws just like everyone else. And that’s a good thing. But it also makes people feel like they can say anything to you without consequence. See Jamie Kennedy’s “Heckler” movie for another example.
As a less famous artist, I have to stay involved in this stuff in order to seek out and gain new fans. And I’m fine with that. I’ve been fortunate to not have too many weirdos yet. A few, but nothing serious.
But I think it will be interesting to see where artist/fan relationships go in the future.