Message Boards of Negativity

A short while back, there was an article in Relix discussing message boards and the overwhelmingly negative effect that they can have on a band/artist. I don’t remember who wrote it, I don’t remember the name of the band, and I don’t know if I have that issue anymore (I’m no magazine collector, that’s for sure…) so it’s hard for me to be more descriptive than that…

Phil Lesh just requested that the message board on Philzone.com be taken down, for the following reason…

Until now, I have felt that the boards are your turf to trample as you will; but right before New Year’s Eve one of my employees received a very threatening email from a frequent poster on Philzone. In the process of dealing with this I was shown that the discussions sometimes cross the line. For example – Bob Weir is dead; so and so (fill in the name of the musician you most love to hate) is a junkie/child-molester/wife-beater/asshole/sucks, etc.

Yeah, I mean, this is unfortunate and it’s sad to see that the artists don’t necessarily know that this goes on. What’s more, I’ve never seen anything so over the top as the Phantasy Tour boards, and I think that’s precisely what Dan Greenhaus is getting at

Phil’s actions serve to remind us of the substantial, diverse and influential audience this message board garners, and to be respectful of those individuals, both on stage and off, who make the music and this forum the best it can be.

However, the argument will continue to play on as long as we have idiots flooding our message boards with everything from “I got so drunk I pooped the bed last night…” to “Bob Weir is a child-molestor,” and I really do wish they guys would just go away.

I'm the Editor. HOLLA.
  • http://www.aquariumdrunkard.com satisfied 75

    wow..that was a long-running message board. surprised to see it go.

  • http://www.aquariumdrunkard.com satisfied 75

    wow..that was a long-running message board. surprised to see it go.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

    Especially in the manner in which it imploded on itself…

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

    Especially in the manner in which it imploded on itself…

  • http://the101report.com Scotty Greene

    Hey Justin-

    Thanks for posting on the 101, and you’re right, there are plenty of music lovers under 25 years of age who appreciate some of the stuff I was talking about and being relayed here in this story. I didn’t mean to suggest otherwise.

    Regarding these messageboards, I’ve tried to offer a little insight based on my experiences and nobody wants to hear it – it’s either their way or the highway. And then the attacks begin! And nobody is safe from persecution, nobody..

    It’s not a world I’m used to, as Bill Graham was never a target when a dissapointing opening act came on before the Dead. I was never upset with him once in 22 years. Go figure..

    “Considering the source” is good advice…but implementing a positive change is a lot more satisfying…

  • http://the101report.com Scotty Greene

    Hey Justin-

    Thanks for posting on the 101, and you’re right, there are plenty of music lovers under 25 years of age who appreciate some of the stuff I was talking about and being relayed here in this story. I didn’t mean to suggest otherwise.

    Regarding these messageboards, I’ve tried to offer a little insight based on my experiences and nobody wants to hear it – it’s either their way or the highway. And then the attacks begin! And nobody is safe from persecution, nobody..

    It’s not a world I’m used to, as Bill Graham was never a target when a dissapointing opening act came on before the Dead. I was never upset with him once in 22 years. Go figure..

    “Considering the source” is good advice…but implementing a positive change is a lot more satisfying…