In an interview with Clash Music, UK singer Morrissey stated that the arts and the mass media are less intelligent today than in the past. However, the singer didn't attribute the degeneration to a "dumbing down" of the general public so much as an assumption by the corporate cultural industries, such as music labels and magazines, that people are stupid. After taking severe criticism for comparing the consumption of meat to the massacre in Norway, it's little wonder that Morrissey might feel the need to strike back.
We live in very dumbed-down times. Everything - news media, music, music magazines - are presented with the assumption that the people as a whole are utterly thick, so therefore when I say, as I have, that the so-called royals are the most dysfunctional and unpleasant family in British history, no-one asks me why I think this. They simply print ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’. Oh, I could go on. And do, often.
Taking shots at The Guardian newspaper as "completely intolerant and full of contradictions" and NME as irrelevant, "do they even still exist?", ths singer reflected on how difficult it was for good, new music to achieve commercial success in the current environment.
It just seems to me that so many channels for new bands are now blocked. Anyone who changed the landscape crept up and surprised everyone, but how can that be done now with such deadly conservative patterns everywhere?
Via NME and ClashMusic.