Posted: Feb 16, 2012 6:52 am
The internet has impacted things in a realy weird way though...but you can't say it's bad because it's the natural evolution of mankind on some levels...the internet is like social quantum theory almost, you can be at two places at once in another dimension, albeit a socialy constructed one. I can do my mundane dead end job very well and still focus on rocknroll to a degree.
But I do think fans and artists were way more extreme in their convictions back before the internet, because it was so hard to track down and get access to alot of this stuff. Bootlegs or video tapes of shows were treated like gold when I was a kid because they were so hard to come by, now it's free to all online. It was alot more fun trading mix tapes that's for sure, now you just tell someone to google any band they haven't heard of. Also there is so much access to info now, everything we post on this messageboard is for the worlds eyes....this forum is a far cry from a friendly, private, phone call to a colleague or ally, and in that regard the trading of this information can easily become cold and impersonal and it does start to seem trivial...but still the information is easily had for better or worse.
I think that before the internet, it was alot easier to define social movements and trends in culture and art, now everything is blurred and mixed together, plus people are living way longer and healthier lives compared to just 30 years ago. So you have more time to 'get involved,' 'make waves,' 'build your collection,' 'find what has significance to you and people like you and latch on to it, keep it alive...in that regard you almost have to be willing to make even more of a commitment than before. don't expect for an anthology to come out, unless it's going to be you putting it out, don't expect alot of social validation. The only real measurable kind of validation today is if you're getting paid, and that may help feed you and put clothes on your back, but in the grand scheme of things it doesn't mean alot, if anything it gives you a distorted view of things that have personal meaning to you. I think it's very fascinating that alot of contemporary people who have made it in the past 15 years since the internet realy took off, did it by referencing all the cool culture that most people never heard about before the internet...but that's not a bottomless well, ha ha, and vampires need fresh blood.