Life as we blow it: Digital outrage

A local musicians's comments inspire ire, but do they matter?

click to enlarge Merchandise live at Tampa's Mojo Records. - PHILIP PIETRI
Philip Pietri
Merchandise live at Tampa's Mojo Records.


Last week, in a profile of Tampa band Merchandise posted to uber-hip arts and culture outlet Dazed, frontman Carson Cox had this to say about his new album, After the End, and his hometown:

“I’m proud of the fact that we did this in a cultural wasteland, that we made something we think is intelligent in a place where they just don’t want anything intelligent.”

Cox goes on to refer disdainfully to what he sees as Seminole Heights’ gentrification, comparing it to that oft-derided Brooklyn post-hipster enclave, Williamsburg; elsewhere, he bemoans the lack of culture worthy of his attention, saying that “if I had to rely on the world for my entertainment, it’d be really bleak.”

The article is titled “Merchandise: Tearing Up Tampa.”

Naturally, the Tampa Bay creative community reacted with all the polite rebuttal and reserved commentary for which contentious, easily triggered online mobs the world over are known.

Which is to say, people went apeshit.