Me, 12:29 AM, To Mark and Kerry: What arcade f did kinda ruins them for me. I'm shaking my head. I'm disgusted, honestly.
Mark, 12:30 AM, To Me: I am out, now I can't wait 2 see it!
Me, 12:33 AM, To Mark and Kerry: Sorry, snl, no big deal, I'm probs the only one to care.
Mark, 2:32 AM, To Me (I was asleep): The guitar smash on SNL turned Arcade Fire into legit superstars. Best band of their generation? Right now, yes. Amazing.
Me, 9:26 AM Sunday, To Mark: Cheap stunt. They're better than that and more orig. Lots of kids would have liked that guitar.
Mark says he'll be arguing his case later, but we're gonna have to agree to disagree: breaking that guitar made me lose respect for that band. When Nirvana did it, they were huge, and it was a commentary on consumerism, etc. When Arcade Fire did it the other night, it was a cheap, unoriginal cry for attention. My brother is a guitar teacher, and he won't even leave any of his guitars in his trunk when he goes to dinner, he brings them with him in case the car is broken into. I dunno -- that kind of respect seems more authentic to me. I think Arcade Fire should donate the cost of that guitar to a talented kid who can't afford an instrument, and next time they're desperate for press they should just tear up a picture of the f**king Pope.
In case you missed the stupidity:
UPDATE: 20 emails later...geez, let's agree to disagree, deal? I didn't say they suck, I said I lost respect. And yes, I saw the guitar strings break, and I think destroying it out of frustration would be even lamer (if it were possibly the case, which it's not. Let's not be naive.)
I changed the "celebrity douchebags" tag to "gleeful provocation." Let's just relax.
Meet this guy, above. He's a patient at the first video game addiction treatment center in The Netherlands. Last night on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, he described urinating in a bottle so that he wouldn't have to get up from his video game for even a minute. All he does all day is smoke pot, play video games, pee in bottles and, presumably, stuff his face with enabler-delivered junk food. In my years of experience, all this makes him a typical video game user.
Yet, as Chuck Klosterman famously pointed out, there is no highbrow, thoughful, literary video game criticism available for this guy or his thousands of shiftless counterparts to read during their monthly, 2 hour long bathroom trips.
WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO?
Yes, it's a $28 billion dollar industry. A $28 billion dollar industry based on never, ever reading.
"And since we've already agreed that video games are the new rock music..." - Klosterman
No, we have not agreed to this. For one thing, music can be an extremely important part of your life without you being a loser.