John Mayer Blames Twitter for His Own Stupidity; World Rolls Eyes

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So, guess what happened the other day? John Mayer announced to an audience of students at Berklee College in Boston that he was addicted to Twitter, prompting the sympathy of, we imagine, literally nobody. "I was a Twitterholic," he announced (possibly sobbing). "I had four million Twitter followers and I was always writing on it ... and it started to make my mind smaller and smaller and smaller and I couldn't write a song anymore."
Now, our initial instinct was to debate Mayer's ability to write a song in the first place, but since he's won a ton of Grammys (which means somebody somewhere, inexplicably, thinks his songwriting ability is adequate), we had to put that to one side and allow the next thought to hit us, like an open-handed slap from an angry drunk woman. And here it is: John Mayer is allowed to give college lectures. We repeat: John "white supremacist penis, sexual napalm" Mayer is allowed to give college lectures.

Really, Berklee? We know you're a college of music and he's a famous musician, but you couldn't think of anyone else to get in? Anyone? Maybe someone who isn't so out of touch with reality? Maybe someone who isn't so far up his own ass, he says things like, "I need to make what I think is shit, which will be nothing close to shit -- it'll just be free." Someone who maybe treats music as an art form, rather than a means to get chicks. "Instead of spending 600 bucks on a new sampler," Mayer once said, "buy yourself a guitar. You can have a song by tonight and be getting laid tomorrow." We sure hope the poor Berklee students aren't paying high fees to listen to this kind of inane crap.



But, confusion and horror aside, let's get back to the point: John Mayer told a room full of people he was addicted to Twitter and that it was making him stupid. Um, John? Announcing that you're addicted to a social networking site is even more infuriating (and pathetic) than the multitude of famous dudes who announce they have a sex addiction after they get caught cheating on their spouses. It also belittles people with actual addictions -- to, you know, booze and drugs and things.

What's more, we suspect you're blaming Twitter for making your "mind smaller" because of the fallout from some of the idiotic crap that's dropped out of your brain and into the public consciousness recently. You are suddenly aware that people think you're stupid? Well, here's a newsflash: You didn't become stupid because of Twitter, Twitter merely enabled you to express yourself stupidly to the world (or, at least, 3,700,000 people) more often than before, and now everyone hates you even more than that they did pre-Twitter.

"I wanted to be a blues guitar player," Mayer Tweeted after that incredibly stupid Playboy interview he did. "And a singer. And a songwriter. Not a shock jock. I don't have the stomach for it." Neither do we, John. Neither do we.

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Natecorning
Natecorning

this this clearly shows that whoever wrote this article isn't a musician....or have the slightest musical knowledge...

Joe Chamberlin
Joe Chamberlin

John Mayer is the greatest musician of this decade. Take a day to look into his real work, that's all it takes. He talks alot, but clear the debris and what he says makes great sense. Even if it offends a group of people. 

Mingus
Mingus

I'm a Berklee student and attended the clinic during which John Mayer talked about his abuse of Twitter. The quote you used was completely out of context, and you obviously weren't there. He said the way social media works is harmful to songwriters because sites like facebook and twitter encourage brevity in status posts and tweets, which ultimately limits our capacity to sustain intelligent ideas. John's point was that limiting our thoughts to 140 characters develops a bad habit and shortens our attention spans, which makes it hard to hold on to an idea long enough to write a good song. Clearly, haters gonna hate. I just thought you should know that you sound like a complete ass, although if you haven't already figured that out from the rest of the comments on this blog, there may be no hope for you. It'd be great to see you use your blog to spread positive and encouraging stories, instead of uninformed gossip and useless hate.

yosra
yosra

seriously...it is very obvious that who wrote that post Hate john mayer....first..JM is a very talented gifted songwriter/musician ....don't pass judgment on him because you just don't like him..it is only your opinion....the man had the nerve to confess that twitter affected his writing ability..,,i gave him credit for his honesty and speaking the truth...and about his previous interviews...move on and get over it...no body is perfect and we are all humans....

me
me

FUCK YOU

Dougbay
Dougbay

Rae... shove it. Get a life and some musical taste and spearhead the search for the "hater" antidote. cause you are clearly SUFFERING!

Jasonswolpers
Jasonswolpers

Wow, for a girl you are pretty much a dick. Way to use all the bad press and heresay you can in an article and not mention that he went to Berklee, has numerous charities like another kind of green. Why don't you listen to an entire album instead of reading trashy online gossip articles like yours and then comment.

Guest
Guest

come on Rae just because you actually went and bought a guitar, probably wrote a song or just a line and didn't get laid, doesn't mean it's John's fault. You're probably part of the 8 crayon box and you must have been the "purple" rather than the "magenta" that John wanted. You should start recruiting more colours to expand your crayon box.

guest
guest

John Mayer has more talent in his left nut than you do in your whole body. But maybe your right, Berklee should have some REAL singer/song writers come speak, like britney spears or the black eyed peas....Get real!

Cory
Cory

He's a really talented musician and people really enjoy the music he makes. Find something else to do besides bitching about how you don't like the guy. If you don't like him don't listen to him. I would think you have better things to do then write the most biased article I've seen in a long time. Rae Alexandra, it may be easy to write and article like this but please do us all a favor and write something legitimate if you have to write at all.

Kateriggs
Kateriggs

Ditto!  to everything everyone below has said, except for Joey Brite, who is, apparently brain dead.

Jennygdc
Jennygdc

Oh come on...get off the John Mayer bash wagon. And I agree with him, Twitter can absolutely be addictive in the same way video games are. Getting responses gives you a little charge, some dopamine with a dab of seratonin. It's also a major time sucker. Anyone who is trying to create needs time to think and the Internet and all it's many wonders - including this blog -- cause humans to react passively to a machine until they do something like post a comment. Which no one will read anyway. I see the man's point. And he is actually a great teacher when it comes to music. If you know music, you know he has some of the most amazing compositions of the last ten years. Gravity is the critics favorite and anyone that plays guitar know that Neon is technically nearly impossible to play. Me, I like Good Love is on the Way and Heart of Life. Songs like those don't come from someone that isn't a once in a generation talent.

RJ
RJ

wow, i think the only person who should be put down for putting out complete, pointless s**t that makes them look stupid is you Rae Alexandra. 1. As stated below, Mayer attended Berklee College and is now one of the greatest guitar players of our time, he has EVERY DAMN RIGHT to go back there and play/lecture to the students. 2. If you actually took time to watch him in interviews you would see he is actually extremely articulate and intelligent in what he says. 3. Just because you may not like his music or just want to bad mouth him because of  2 or 3 lines from the THOUSANDS of interviews he has done which may have been a little stupid or probably taken out of context, DOES'NT give you the right to say his songwriting is below par, Mayer's one of the most pure musicians in the industry, he writes his own songs and plays REAL instruments on his tracks, go listen to some Vanilla Ice or whatever people with a below average IQ level listen to these days. That's my rant over, point is, do your research before you write complete meaningless crap such as this again, maybe you'll get a respectable following for your articles that way.

joey brite
joey brite

Brilliant writing. The ONLY thing I'd like to challenge you on is your own use of the word, "chicks" as that is something Mayer thinks about instead of using "females" or "women" as connected to being HUMAN as we/they are. "Chicks" allows for a certain form of disassociation that creates his world of using people instead of really 'connecting to' people and seeing beyond his narcissistic little globe.Other than that, your analysis seems right-on to my world. Thank you!

Kateriggs
Kateriggs

You seem to be outnumbered, thank God, by the rest of us who think John Mayer has extreme talent, and is articulate and intelligent and a fabulous songwriter and guitar player.

Grim
Grim

you'd be an idiot to put your name on top of this dribble... p.s. can't wait for John Mayer's new album. 

Guest
Guest

Ya know, everyone thinks and says stupid $hit, but John just made the mistake of tweeting every single thought he had. Fact is, he is extremely smart, especially musically, and if he would just slow down and reflect on his manic thoughts then he and all of us fans would be much better off. 

Oh, and he has been open and honest about his problems with anxiety, which manifests itself in many different ways in different people. Throw in some pot, which he also has been open about, and it's a recipe for erratic behavior. I think people need to get off the Mayer-bashing wagon.

Finally, just about every intelligent, talented, successful person thinks they are a 64 crayon box living in a 8 crayon world. It is the burden of genius, mainly because the hardest part is trying to convey creativity and depth of thought/emotion to the "average" masses without insulting them or coming across as a D-bag. John has failed in this regard... but his musical genius is still second-to-none.

James Bullen
James Bullen

This whole article reads like someone just jumped on a band wagon, took one small section of an entire lecture and ran with it. Fact is the guy is doing for blues music what SRV did in his day, the guy can write and in the music world be it a student or a pop star he is well respected for his talent.

Greg
Greg

Say hey, maybe if you'd have taken a fraction of a second to do a little research, you'd find that Mayer actually attended Berklee. Nice work. 

Guest
Guest

Speaking as a serious musician, i've heard some interviews with him where he's incredibly articulate and extremely helpful - from what I've heard of him in interviews where intervewiers ask him actual questions (not baiting gossip), a lecture by him on playing and songwriting would be awesome. Also, what's wrong with his songs? They're introspective, articulate, and he writes melodies with the best of them. To me it sounds like you've heard people talking about John Mayer and read innocuous posts like this one, not actually him or his music.

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