[artist id="1220799"]John Mayer[/artist] was one of the most epic tweeters of his generation. And then one day last month, much like Miley Cyrus before him, Mayer quit Twitter. And while he may have lost more than 3 million followers in the process, the singer-guitarist explains via a new post on his blog that it's the best choice he could make for the sake of his art.
"A lot of you are wondering why I decided to quit Twitter. And I'm ready to explain it to you now that I'm off Twitter and can explain anything in a salient manner," he writes. "It occurred to me that since the invocation of Twitter, nobody who has participated in it has created any lasting art. And yes! Yours truly is included in that roundup as well. Let me make sure that statement is as absolute and irrevocable as possible by buzzing your tower one more time: no artwork created by someone with a healthy grasp of social media thus far has proven to be anything other than disposable."
Mayer also suggests that there's a reason some of the greatest thinkers of the day aren't on Twitter and similar sites. "Has any artist, since they've begun to give you daily insights into their life created their best work yet? Are the best writers of our time on Twitter?" he asks. "You rip Tina Fey for s---ting on the construct but she's busy penning the best show on television. Aaron Sorkin says he's never used Facebook, a statement that the guardians of the Internet are up [in] arms over, yet he makes an artistic contribution that the media sites are talking about so much that they've developed that gross white stuff at the corners of their mouths. (What is that stuff?)
"Those who decide to remain offline will make better work than those online," Mayer continues. "Why? Because great ideas have to gather. They have to pass the test of withstanding thirteen different moods, four different months and sixty different edits. Anything less is day trading. You can either get a bunch of mentions now or change someone's life next year."
Mayer is quick to point out, however, that he doesn't hate the site. "I'm not knocking Twitter for those who are trying to make a name for themselves," he writes. "Some people need all the RTs they can get today. But for those who have already established themselves it's a slow erosion of the artistic notion."
Last fall, Mayer told MTV News that it would take a lot to get him to quit what he termed "The Hate-rix," while adding that he totally would understand why someone like Cyrus would make that decision.
"I call it that because it's not really happening. It's just this fake world of people criticizing other people," he laughed. "It's a shame, but look, that's what it comes down to in America. Miley is somebody who's made a bunch of money doing something she loves. Most people do things they hate, for less money. If somebody can repurpose something that somebody loves doing for a lot of money, in order to make a little bit of that money, they're gonna do it.
"So nobody hates Miley Cyrus; they're just picking up on her brand, repurposing it, to try to make a little bit of Miley cash," he continued. "It's damaging people's minds. Imagine Shannen Doherty with a Twitter account, back in the '90210' days. That would've just flat-out killed her."