"It’s like a drug. It’s mind control on a mass scale, the greatest pacifier in human history probably, and it’s something that’s left an apocalypse in terms of like, community space. And it’s really rehabilitating this kind of mass wealth gap in the country because everybody feels like they have this space, the internet space, but in the meantime, it’s hard to go to a theater, a record store, you can’t go check things out around other people. I think it’s really having a dire effect on culture. And as far as the bands go, since the internet, the bands are much better because they’re more sophisticated but typically they have a lot less to say. Part of rock ‘n’ roll is it’s supposed to be a little bit embarrassing. People like to make fun of the Doors because the Doors are embarrassing. But the Doors are so daring. That’s part of the theater, is it’s daring. Rock ‘n’ roll should be this infantile—it should be almost goofy. It should straddle that line between ‘eww’ and ‘whoa.’ But with the internet, bands are just encouraged to be really safe because the historical models are just looming everywhere. It’s more about making something that will feel timeless, which means, really, a conservatism takes over. But at the same time, the bands are much better at making a song that sounds like a song. … There is something beautiful about formalism, like the way Japanese people approach karaoke, where it’s like a perfect facsimile. But at the same time, it’s not what really makes the most interesting rock ‘n’ roll music."
Ian Svenonius, on THE INTERNET (via bentmaze)