Tangent to Youtube: Commenters
I use Youtube as my music player at work. And so I've been recently listening to some songs from the new GnR album up there before I choose to buy it or not (signs point to yes. I do like me some Buckethead solos...).
However, I do end up getting exposed to Youtube commenters. All the 'videos' (stills with the music in the backdrop), are covered with people demanding that GnR reform to thier original line up and acidly complaining how the new stuff just isn't the same, with the kind of zeal that makes it sound like they were there for the original release of Appetite for Destruction.
I was two when that was released. I'm twenty three.
Are these people really telling me that they were old enough to have an understanding of music and what the music meant (which, being fair, requires someone to be at least twelve... making each commenter there at least thirty-two years old), and still feel its best to express themselves as they do on Youtube? Obviously not, so why the hell do kids think they're going to look credible claiming that Chinese Democracy would sound better with Slash or Izzy back in the band while trying to sound like lifelong GnR fans?
Its the same with everything. Every Nightwish video becomes a debate over whether Annete is a good substitute for Tarja, every Offspring video has half the videos claiming "they peaked at Smash"... where does this energy for pretending to be an expert come from and why does it get leaked, of all places, onto Youtube, which is now mostly composed of a billion copies of music videos or entire songs being played over the album cover?