We love David Bowie
here at Baeble. He was a very important artist here for many of us
, and his music will forever have an impact on us.
With that said though, he was kind of a troll. Recently, a post emerged on a message board known as BowieWonderworld.com, where he refers to himself as "Sailor." Here's an example of him "calling out" a fan (who he saw on a park bench for two seconds) for causing him to make all of the questionable music he made in the 80s.
Posting under the name Sailor, he frequently visited message boards dedicated to talking about him, especially the one that he started - BowieNet. According to a 1998 press release, he said "I wanted to create an environment where not just my fans, but all music fans could be part of a single community where vast archives of music and information could be accessed, views stated and ideas exchanged."
Bowie truly loved the dawn of the internet. Back in 1999, with the release of his album Hours
he was actually one of the first artists to use the internet as a primary tool of promotion. And despite that album's critical and commercial failure, Bowie was setting precedents even in a slump of his career. It's actually refreshing to see, considering he was 52 at the time.
Using these message boards to bring people together and promote discussion like he did, I think Bowie was justified in being a little bit of a troll. And we can look back and laugh at it today.