Rock journalist Christoper R. Weingarten, a writer for Rolling Stone and Idolator is very, very sad that no one will be listening to his blow hard opinions on music anymore and hopefully this video will be last time we ever need to hear from him. The glasses he has on are not compensating for his shortsightedness and definitely don’t see into the future. In the above video he asserts crowdsourcing is killing various genres of music. Unfortunately what he doesn’t see is the big picture. For years, music fans have despised the gatekeepers, be it A&R men, critics or Pitchfork giving their favorite record a 0.1 out of 10. Music fans have longed for the day that, instead of having to pay attention to what some self-hating loser shut-in thinks listeners should pay attention to, they can actually just find out what people like them listen to. This is what Twitter following and services like Blip.FM and any other site that allows you to post what you are listening to does to the music world. Everyone knows that rock critics are paid to blow hard on records and we always doubted when they said a record was great that it was really what they were listening to at home (and since some of my good friends are indeed critics, I know that every record they give a shining review to is not what they are always listening to after hours). Twitter has enabled us to see what people really listen to, whether it’s your favorite writer, critic or just someone you feel a kinship with. Whereas this luddite is sad that he has become obsolete to a world that has sites like Pandora, thesixtyone, and Last.FM we can simply see what else we would like instead of reading critics showing off their liberal arts degree, vocabulary words and masturbatory rants of the death of punk rock. This newfound way of finding new music through both populism and kinship isn’t the death of music, it is the rebirth. Wake me when the dead ideas are over.
P.S. I will give him one kudos that he is correct about one Twitter trend. Simply writing I love ____ is not half as helpful as writing why you love a certain artist or song.