Brad Paisley: “The Online Cyber World Has Begun to Take Over Reality”

These days, Brad doesn’t think being “Online” is so cool anymore.

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Yeah, Brad Paisley had that great hit “Online” in 2007, but these days Brad doesn’t think it’s so cool online anymore.

“I feel sort of really aware of how the . . . online cyber world has begun to take over reality,” Brad tells The Tennessean.

Brad reached that conclusion this year when he got beat up in the cyber world over his “Accidental Racist” song, which he hoped would start a healing dialogue on race relations. What it sparked was a bunch of cyber punches to his head.

“It is such a dichotomy, it’s crazy. I never had a single person say a thing like that," he said.

“And the question becomes, ‘Where’s reality? Is it the people online who are writing these things that are horrifying? Or is reality the people who are standing there looking you in the eye and not saying anything?’”

It also didn’t help that the web is where rumors of him cheating on his wife surfaced, rumors Brad, his wife and his friends say are laughable.

But what’s not so funny is how what’s online can change the conversation, he says.

“It’s not reality, but it’s sort of getting to have its say a little bit here and there. It’s weird," he said.

“It’s this short-attention-span theater that we live in now, and it feels like it has accelerated in ways this year that I’ve never seen it before.”

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