Last week, Wikipedia removed its entry for Tumblr-Wave, a supposed music genre "characterized by lyrics resembling microblogging" with beats that contain "'trendy' or 'hip' origins." Wikipedia received a complaint about the post, stating that it is a "completely made up genre of music of which there is only one artist who is not notable." Fair enough.
(Note: Due to the nature of Wikipedia, I can’t promise that any of this information will still be on the site. There's a bit more background here.)
The genre is based on the microblogging site tumblr, and if that’s a strong enough basis for a genre, why can’t other sites get in on the action? I’m proposing the following new genres based on social media sites.
Twitter-wave: A musical genre characterized by rapid-fire lyrics containing smarmy jokes and Breaking Bad spoilers. At first, news media will make fun of this genre, but within two years it will account for half of their content. Oh, also, cover songs are called "retweets."
Facebook-wave: A genre of music characterized by lyrics about your high school friends’ kids and requests to buy someone a tractor on FarmVille or whatever. And 120 beats per minute isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion beats per minute.
LinkedIn-wave: A genre in which lyrics are just a list of the artist’s previous education and employment experience. Artists generally act in a sober and professional manner, but send you tons of annoying invitations. Popular artists include Huey Lewis and the News, Phil Collins and anyone else Patrick Bateman is into.
MySpace-wave: This genre refers exclusively to the music of the most popular person on MySpace, Tila Tequila.
Friendster-wave: Among social networking genres, this is considered “oldies,” as nobody under 25 has ever heard of it, and those who have heard of it can’t remember any of the specifics.
Google+-wave: Almost exactly the same as Facebook-wave, although it was only popular for about a week in 2011.
Pinterest-wave: A genre of music that explores themes of wedding planning, interior design, wedding planning, baked goods, wedding planning and planning a wedding.
Classmates.com-wave: A genre of music that some of your friends mistakenly got into before realizing that it was a more expensive version of every other genre.
Instagram-wave: A genre of digital music that uses a filter to make it sound analog but it’s pretty clear it was just recorded on a phone.
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on Jul 23, 2012