In an interview with Yahoo published last year, Trent Reznor, of the band, Nine Inch Nails, had a strong opinion about social media that was worth revisiting. After discussing a few movies he had recently scored including a new Vietnam documentary from Ken Burns and Patriots Day, a Peter Berg movie about the Boston bombings, Reznor pulled no punches with his view on what is happening to artists today.
“I don’t see any Princes emerging on the scene today,” he said. “I see a lot of people making formulaic, made-to-please, vegan restaurant patron-type shit. And I think it creates an environment where people are too fuckin’ worried about what other people have to say. And people who have never made anything think it’s OK to talk shit about stuff they have no right to talk about. You got a Facebook account? Nobody gives a fuck. You haven’t achieved anything.”
He goes on to bemoan the musicians who, he says, “are trying to make music to please the tastemakers that tell the sheep what to like.”
Furthermore, Reznor states that "the internet is giving voice to everybody thinking that someone gives a shit what they have to say and they have the right. I think, in general, that has created a toxic environment for artists and led to some very safe music.”