MOONSPELL - Comments On Negative Social Networking2012-07-15
Portuguese gothic metal act Moonspell, which released new album "Alpha Noir" (reviewed here) back in April, has now started a new web blog series covering the inner workings of the band. Moonpsell has now posted the following first entry online, covering the negative aspects of social networking:
"Welcome to the brand new Moonspell notebook, Under the Moonspell. With the launch of this notebook (lacking a better term), the band intends to bring you a litlle bit closer and inside the Moonspell's world and routines, allowing to see and learn more about its members and activities, in a more "human" fashion. There is more than meets the eye when you are in a band and, somewhat, a lot of important information and events, do not translate into the fans, or gets to them corrupted and for all the wrong reasons.
"As most of you might know, Fernando (Ribeiro, lead singer), his wife and even his son, were anonymously attacked in Facebook by some infamous Portuguese haters. A couple of pages were created to mock and try to demolish their personality and things got uglier when these trolls got their more than deserved answer. Goes without saying that, perhaps, no reaction should ever take place in these occasions, but we all know that is easier said than done. After all, social networking should be used positively and it's only an act of pure cowardice to campaign against bands and their members. Especially, when anonymous haters cross the line into the bands' personal life. Everybody would agree that the fact of having a pulic persona should not serve as an excuse for abuse. Also, as the German philosopher Immanuel Kant (and many other greats) once theorized, freedom can only be a fruitful experience when rules of engagement are applied, otherwise one can easily fall in anarchic disrespect as happened to many people we have learned to like and respect.
"Internet and social networking can not dehumanize us, quite an opposite goal was,most likely, behind the expansion of such powerful communication tools like the ones we possess now. But are people truly communicating or are they are now out of control, drunk with the power of opinion?
"The Under the Moonspell notebook intends nothing but to get you closer to a world which is often misunderstood and wrongly evaluated. What Moonspell intends is to bring people together and to share with their fans their reality, what it takes before going on a stage, the highs, the lows, the hopes and the fears. There will be room for stories that will surprise you, anger you and make you understand better some of the bands'choices. You are free to comment and share your thoughts, but haters and attention deficitaires will not be welcomed and are encouraged to leave us alone, not to spoil a honest dialogue with the Moonspell fan base which is going stronger and wiser since 20 years.
"All texts will be written in English, and whenever appropriated if there is a Portuguese text, it will be folowed by a reliable translation.
"Once again we bid you welcome to the Under the Moonspell notebook, in hope you'll enjoy our words, our spirit, our life.
"Hear the howling,