In an interview published in the current issue of NME, Jack White indulges in some good old-fashioned complaining about the internet. There’s the standard “Comment sections are so dumb!” stuff, of course, but there’s also some straight-up crazy-talk about the effect the internet has on music.
“In my head I’m still living and working as if there is no internet, and treat it as a nuisance,” White explained. “The internet is a beautiful tool for many, many things, but it is in direct opposition to the art of music being treated with respect.”
He should tell that to the 17-year-old kid who heard a White Stripes song online, then downloaded the whole record, then went out and saw them live, then went home and checked Wikipedia read about the Robert Johnson song they covered, then read that Keith Richards was also really into him, then bought a record player, then started a modest vinyl collection, etc. Again, what he meant was simply this: “The internet negates the possibility that anyone will have the exact same experiences I’ve had, and even though there’s nothing inherently better or worse about the experiences they will have, it still makes me sad and grumpy.”