In an unlikely convergence of publication and subject matter(s), New Republic music critic David Hadju takes a thoughtful look at an over-exposed but under-analyzed subject: the effect that MySpace is having not on the music business, but the music itself, and the experience of the audience thereof. (For those who don’t know, Santa Monica-based MySpace.com is an immensely popular social networking website, where you teenage children are right this minute finding people they, like, totally relate to).
I’m going to respect the subscriber wall at TNR online and not quote from the article, but Hadju’s point is that, deprived of the opportunity to stumble around and find some sort of authentic voice before they find an audience, most of the bands on MySpace are awful. Which means that MySpace is Making Music Worse. I wonder when someone will start a Musicians Against MySpace organization.