Musician Trent Reznor, best known as the founder of the band Nine Inch Nails, is decidedly pessimistic about the future of the United States.
In an interview with the Guardian, Reznor says that social media has led to Americans siloing themselves off into bubbles that encourage people to view people with differing views as enemies.
“We’ve got dumber, more tribalized; we’ve found niches of other people that focus on extremity,” he says. “For the miracle of everyone sharing ideas, I see a hell of a lot more racism. It doesn’t feel like we’ve advanced. I think you’re seeing the fall of the empire of America in real time, before your eyes; the internet has eroded the fabric of decency in our civilization.”
Reznor believes that social media in general is “poisonous,” and he said President Donald Trump’s rise was a symptom — not a cause — of America’s moral and mental decay.
Elsewhere in the interview, Reznor touches on rapper and producer Kanye West, who this year has shocked fans by coming out as a Trump supporter.
“The guy’s lost his f*cking mind,” he says. “His record sucked, and that’s it. He has made great sh*t; he’s not in a great place right now.”