Is Twitter a Drain on Creativity? Duran Duran Bassist Says Yes

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Instead of following their creative muses in the studio, garage, or tour bus, artists are often plugged into channels like Twitter or personal blogs.

That makes sense for fan connectivity, but does it make sense for creativity?

Despite the rush to connect and stay engaged with fans, plenty of artists have been wondering aloud whether the internet is stealing quality creative time.  That latest is Duran Duran bassist John Taylor, who recently discussed a number of issues created by the internet.  “When artists today are asked to Twitter their every thought, their every action, to record on video their every breath, their every performance, I believe they’re diluting their creative powers, their creative potency and the durability of their work,” Taylor stated, in a speech excerpt published by the BBC.

Taylor questions whether the art is suffering, a funny thought coming from an 80s pop superstar.  But Taylor also noted that fans are increasingly diving into the deep catalogs of yesteryear, a luxury unavailable to music fans of yore.  Sounds great, though Taylor surmises that listening to past gems could be shifting creative impulses away from the present.  “This relative lack of need for current, innovative culture can cause… the innovative culture to slow down, much as an assembly line in Detroit slows down and layoffs have to be made when the demand for a new model recedes,” Taylor continued.