Although it may be cute, it’s just a substitute

Smokey Robinson has his reservations about social media:

Legendary Motown singer/composer Smokey Robinson thinks texting, Facebook and Twitter have a real hold on young people. “Social media is out of hand,” he told us recently at the National Association of Music Merchants convention here, where he was awarded the “Music for Life” award.

“Social media is running rampant,” he says. “We could get to the point where without those phones or iPads or whatever kids are texting or typing on, they (young people) won’t even know how to communicate, how to sit down and have a conversation with each other verbally.”

Robinson, who either wrote or co-wrote such classics as “My Girl,” “Tracks of My Tears,” “Shop Around” and “I Second That Emotion” for both Motown performers and Robinson and the Miracles, does say he’s comfortable with technology. His Windows Phone is his lifeline, and he’s all over Facebook and Twitter himself. But that’s just for professional reasons.

Well, you know, we gotta dance to keep from crying. (Which is a rarity: a Smokey song that he didn’t write.)







4 comments

  1. Roger Green »

    10 February 2014 · 1:55 am

    Oh, I should ask your opinion: why did Motown explode after the Beatles on Sullivan? Yeah, there was Smokey (and doesn’t Shop Around sound like a different era), and some early Marvin Gaye. But the Supremes AND the Temps broke in ’64. What’s THAT all about?

  2. CGHill »

    10 February 2014 · 7:30 am

    I think it was at this point that Berry Gordy decided that he didn’t want to confine himself to the R&B sandbox anymore, and went after the pop audience: 1964 Motown productions were decidedly slicker and more polished than their predecessors. (With the Supremes specifically, compare, say, “Let Me Go the Right Way” to “Where Did Our Love Go?”)

  3. McGehee »

    10 February 2014 · 9:08 am

    “…they (young people) won’t even know how to communicate, how to sit down and have a conversation with each other verbally.”

    I’m pretty sure people didn’t think my friends and I knew “how to communicate, how to sit down and have a conversation with each other verbally” decades before the internet.

  4. Roger Green »

    10 February 2014 · 11:24 am

    Just saw the film Nebraska. Part of the humor was how little the guys verbalized.

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