People who work in the arts are a needy bunch despite the often perceived impression of ‘us and them’. One way or another artists feel compelled to dedicate their time to creating something to offer up for public consumption, whether as a composer, a painter, a writer or poet, a film maker etc. they are hoping to resonate in some way with public emotion by sharing their work and thus putting themselves on the line for criticism and even ridicule. The public can therefore represent an artist’s vulnerabilities, insecurities or fragile sense of worth, and I think this goes some way to explaining why, for some, the necessary distance between themselves and their audience exists in order to keep doing what they do. Fear can often be mistaken as hubris. Social media platforms break through this to some degree, and can offer a healthy interaction which is a good thing. I’ve no idea what the ideal platform would be but I don’t think it’s with us yet. Sadly there’s always someone whose purpose in life is to spoil it for others and the anonymous nature of social media, where commentators aren’t culpable, works against itself. I’m sure that’ll be addressed better over time with new laws being introduced to regulate it.