Now, my friends, people my age are the parents and the kids are all hipsters. I keep saying to my friends, “Where are the fucking agitators? Where are the young people in complete dissent with the mainstream?” I don’t see it. I feel like they have been anesthetized by Twitter and Facebook and what I call the “Like” culture. Young people measure how popular they are by how many likes they have on Facebook and how many people are following them on Twitter. There’s this whole culture obsessed with being liked! Of course there can’t be any dissent when you’re obsessed with being liked and loved and worshipped.
Because of the omnipresence of the Internet I think there are fewer and fewer people who are willing to go on record about what they feel and what their beliefs are. I feel like we’re living in a culture right now that’s incredibly timid and I find that really alarming. People fear that they will be criticized or they will be judged.
You don’t want to be an asshole, but at the same time this is the kind of pressure that, every artist right now in this climate, but women in particular, are being molded and just completely homogenized so that everyone looks the same and talks the same. Everything has become all about the surface and not about substance. It’s an exciting time though because everything has gotten so beige and uniform that something is going to come along and rock our foundations. It has to."