How Social Media Is Making Band Breakups Even Worse

Categories: Digitalia

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Photo by Jim Bricker
Of course, it isn't the first time a band has fallen out in this manner. Take Ween's breakup last year. They went the old-fashioned route and made their comments through the rock press, but it all broke down in a similar manner. Aaron Freeman aka Gene Ween, the band's vocalist, told Rolling Stone he was breaking up Ween apparently some time before he chose to inform Mickey Melchiondo aka Dean Ween, guitarist, of that.

Still, there's something more calculated to that. One has time to rescind comments of that nature made in the press, or to "clarify" them in some way. With social media, it's all twisting in the wind, sending messages out into a vacuum for immediate mass consumption.

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Photo by Marc Brubaker
Tyson Ritter of the All American Rejects
It's becoming more prevalent too. Last year when Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler of the All-American Rejects got into a fight at a dinner they were having together, they each took to Twitter to rant about it, and then subsequently publicly broke up their band on Twitter.

Later, Ritter admitted to MTV News that it was the "stupidest thing [they] ever did." He didn't rule out the idea that the band was done for good either, however.

The advantages of social media are clear. Instantaneous information is a part of everyone's daily lives these days. But it also shows how easy it is for our emotions to get out of hand. All it takes is a lack of a filter, a lack of self-control, a momentary lapse of reason, to ruin friendships, relationships and even bands.

There's no clear answer or solution to stop such immaturity, because social media is here to stay. But there is a meme that I've seen going around for a long time, which shows an iPhone app that would warn you if you were about send a drunk text. Maybe we need one of those that would pop up with a warning when you try to break up your band over Twitter.

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