Rob Tannenbaum is a contributing editor at Playboy, and the former music editor of Blender.As much as John Mayer is known for being one of the music industry's most talented musicians, he's also garnered quite the reputation as a playboy.On Wednesday, Captain Phil and John Mayer were the two highest-trending names on Twitter.
Rob Tannenbaum is a contributing editor at Playboy, and the former music editor of Blender.As much as John Mayer is known for being one of the music industry's most talented musicians, he's also garnered quite the reputation as a playboy.On Wednesday, Captain Phil and John Mayer were the two highest-trending names on Twitter.Tags: Phonesex chat linedating site in brazilgeoff stults dating stacy keiblertennessee adult personals datingaccommodating non work related injuriescassie scerbo datingNude free chat no e mail or signup
Their headline, “ John Mayer: Jessica Simpson Was ‘Crazy’ in Bed,” was a distorted and softly sensationalist distillation: Mayer said of the relationship, “Sexually it was crazy.” You can see how the meaning bent as it was molded to fit the shape of celebrity. Because among many, many things that flew out of his mouth, Mayer also claimed to have “a David Duke cock” and used the word “n***r.” Us linked to the story, posted at 8 a.m. That morning, New Yorker critic Sasha Frere-Jones sagely tweeted that the interview was “like a U. Comedians pounced on the situation, as did Dane Cook.
My Mayer article is 6,870 words, long for a magazine article in 2010.
During a concert in Nashville that night, Mayer apologized for using a profane word and announced he was done doing interviews.
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The Internet has loosened the definition of writing, and now the online world is a limitless, unstable fiction.
Per Kundera, tweets and blogs translate every link, adding ideology in the guise of summation.But Mayer’s description of his sexual history was quickly altered and relayed as “John Mayer won’t date black women.” How does hasn’t turn into won’t?Milan Kundera, who cherished novels as paradoxes of instability in a finite world, in 1988 cited “Rewriting as the spirit of the times.” Can we alter that now to “Retweeting as the spirit of the times”?To put it in Twitter argot, “The word the point.”Some people read the full article and returned to Twitter to dispute charges of racism, which nonetheless seemed to have become a truism.A black female escort from Arizona tweeted @tannenbaumr, “I read the entire Playboy interview, and somehow get all his points.” Many more avoided the article in order to not support it with a pageview, or to not pursue an idea they found repulsive, or because they were confident a tweet could be trusted.The reaction to Mayer contains many truths about race and celebrity, though nothing that fits in 140 characters.The Web is a series of filters, many of which narrow a story until it’s a negligible number of bytes.Commenting on white privilege, he stepped right in it.On Twitter, writer and hip-hop activist Harry Allen described Mayer’s refutation of a “hood pass” as “a powerful, pointed statement.” It’s also a tough way to prove a point. I’ve got a Benetton heart and a fuckin’ David Duke cock. MAYER: Someone asked me the other day, “What does it feel like now to have a hood pass?And it's such a shame that I did because the point I was trying to make was in the exact opposite spirit of the word itself.