Noel Gallagher: The Negative Impact of Social Media
Former Oasis star, Noel Gallagher, has expressed his belief that people would opt to get rid of social media and the internet if given the choice. The 53-year-old music icon compared the emergence of social media to Brexit, and said that he thinks that people would vote to leave social media if given the chance.
Gallagher argued that things were better before the internet arrived. He said, “I think things were better before the internet, I think that’s a fact”. He further added that people would not want things like Jimi Hendrix, The Smiths, Sex Pistols and Oasis, if streaming platforms like Spotify had been around back then.
The musician blamed streaming services for sucking away the innocence of music-making, bringing a sense of predictability to gigs and destroying anticipation. Gallagher believes that the masses do not really understand what they want and what they enjoy, as streaming platforms allow them to see the numbers, streams and likes, which then influence their choices.
Gallagher is not the first celebrity to talk against social media, with various musicians and actors warning their fans about the downsides of social media. Some have even deleted their social media accounts or never opened them in the first place.
It seems that the internet and social media will continue to play an important role in our lives, but it’s essential to keep a check on its adverse effects. As with everything, striking a balance is key.