For years, the debate over the Internet’s impact on the music industry has centered on piracy, which has put a sizable dent in the wallets of artists and labels alike.
But Duran Duran bassist John Taylor recently shifted the discussion to a new area, arguing that the Web is hurting artistic creativity.
In a speech delivered at UCLA in October, Taylor asserted that online platforms like YouTube and Twitter were ruining music, suggesting that the unprecedented access to musical influences stretching back decades is having a negative impact on the creativity of modern-day artists.
By being influenced by music from the past, Taylor seemed to argue, aspiring musicians will dilute innovation. He also maintained that consumers, able to hear the music of their heroes at any opportunity, will quickly tire of it-negatively affecting the longevity of music.
Click here to read why Purdham disagrees with Taylor and why he believes free streaming services are enabling music to evolve.