Trent Reznor is back in digital music news circles again, but this time it’s not for any particularly forward-thinking new media initiatives. Rather, it’s for his contribution to the soundtrack of "The Social Network," the movie about the formation of social networking powerhouse Facebook.
Reznor scored the movie entirely, which is said to be an examination of the darker side of Facebook, founder Mark Zuckerberg, and social networking in general. Given Reznor’s savvy use of social networking in the past, it seems a perfect fit.
Reznor discusses the project with Mashable. In it, he repeats his negative opinions of the music labels and industry executives, but also adds some interesting insight on the process of scoring a movie, and his thoughts on using social media after his well-publicized abandonment of Twitter. Here’s an excerpt:
You have a pretty storied history with social media — you even quit Twitter and other sites a few times. What’s your ultimate opinion of the phenomena?
I can’t participate as a civilian because I have a level of celebrity that makes me not able to use Facebook in the way that someone who’s not a celebrity can use it. I watch people, friends of mine, and see how they portray themselves online and I find interesting that it’s kind of a hyper-real version of yourself, how you’d like to be seen, in a way. And I question the generation or two coming up who are used to engaging people in that format and wonder what the repercussions will be down the road — how human relationships will differ in an age of oversharing.