Friday, July 31, 2009
[Pitchfork.com] First, Trent Reznor quit Twitter. Then he unquit. Then he deleted his Twitter account for good. And now he's taken to the Nine Inch Nails fan forum to explain why he quit for the second time "since somehow someone apparently thinks this is newsworthy." (Err...) (Via TwentyFourBit)
The way Reznor tells it, Twitter simply doesn't have enough structure put in place to block haters' incendiary messages:
"Around the time news broke of my engagement, a faction of troublemakers showed up whose sole intent was to disrupt, harass, insult and incite. Let me explain to you why simply blocking on Twitter was not a solution. If you are interested in someone on Twitter, you can follow their updates. I've noticed however many people want to see the replies that user gets to have a sense of a thread of information / thoughts. You do this by searching the user's name you're interested in. When I started getting relentlessly reply spammed by these few individuals with harassment ranging from hoping I overdose to calling my fiancee racist slurs hundreds of times a day, YES - I could (and did) block them, but everyone else reading my replies sees ALL of that nonsense. So, I am providing a platform for this rubbish to be broadcast to my fanbase, which I am not going to participate in. I discussed this with some friends at Twitter who acknowledged the problem with a 'yeah, um, we're thinking about doing something about that - people are complaining' response. Not good enough."
The last straw came when someone used Twitter to make fun of Eric De La Cruz, the deceased fan for whom Reznor had been raising money. De La Cruz's sister Veronica had seen the Tweet and was understandably upset. Writes Reznor: "It depresses me to think my art and life's work can attract this kind of scum, and trying to explain to Veronica [De La Cruz] why someone would stoop to that level of ignorance for attention-- and it's someone that because of me is in her world causing her pain... well, it sucks. If that was your intention, you trolling, cowardly pigs-- you've succeeded."
Reznor also reiterates that he's not done making music, and that the current Nine Inch Nails Wave Goodbye tour is simply a farewell to the band as a touring entity. He signs off, "My best work is yet to come-- watch and see."
Posted by Dan Goldin at 5:37 AM