Wow. This is absurd. I'm SO happy that this is something that is becoming public information. Social media is extremely important in the current music world, like it or not. Promoters, labels, managers, and all the like are being duped into investing time/money into bands that don't actually have the fan base that they claim. This in turn hurts everyone, including the consumer. This is a very simple concept. You seem like the one talking shit - not everybody else.
It's fine if you want to point out that bands, athletes, movie stars or your everyday office worker is "abusing" social media. I just don't agree with calling out one specific band/person. It is absurd, childish and unprofessional. I am not singling out Randy here either AP.net is just as responsible for this. I remember several years ago when people on this site would get infuriated when people would talk shit on every Fall Out Boy post and even threatened to delete accounts if it happened again. In my eyes the same thing is happening here just with another band.
Promoters, labels, managers, etc. need to take the time to get to know their bands/artists. If they are being "duped" it is kind of their own faults. If you rely completely on the "smoke and mirrors" of the internet you are foolish.
How did it work before social media? I get that things change. I believe that social media is a great tool but I also think that it is relied on too much. Promoters think that they can just post a Facebook event or send out an email blast and that's sufficient promotion.
This is my opinion so if you consider this shit talking then so be it.