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Sir Elton the Luddite

Now this one made me laugh. He calls himself a Luddite, but I call him a 60 year old slipping into senility.

Instead of taking us down the Yellow Brick Road, he is leading us all down the rosy path. I’m talking of course about none other than Sir Elton John, who has slammed the blogosphere saying we should shut down the internet and the world will be all the better for it.

He claims it is destroying good music, saying:

“I don’t have a mobile phone or an iPod or anything. I am such a Luddite when it comes to making music. All I can do is write at the piano. The internet has stopped people from going out and being with each other, creating stuff. Instead they sit at home and make their own records, which is sometimes OK but it doesn’t bode well for long-term artistic vision. It’s just a means to an end.

Were talking about things that are going to change the world and change the way people listen to music and that’s not going to happen with people blogging on the internet. I mean, get out there communicate. Hopefully the next movement in music will tear down the internet.

Lets get out in the streets and march and protest instead of sitting at home and blogging. I do think it would be an incredible experiment to shut down the whole internet for five years and see what sort of art is produced over that span. There’s too much technology available. Im sure, as far as music goes, it would be much more interesting than it is today.” Source.

Heh, as if writing at the piano isn’t solitary work (and I hope he didn’t use state-of-the-art recording equipment either).

So apparently he thinks anarchy in the streets is much better than a having a conversation in the blogosphere. Or perhaps it was just sour grapes because his latest CD sold so poorly.

I wonder if Elton realizes that thanks to the net musicians can now easily collaborate all over the world? No longer are the confines of distance a hindrance for musicians getting together to make music.

Neither is music recording and distribution the sole playground of indifferent recording labels. Today any kid with a computer, a few microphones and a website/blog can create and sell music that would have made us older farts salivate over.

Shall I go on?

Has Elton also forgot how much he has prospered thanks to advancements in technology? First he sold us his records. Then he sold us the same music on so-called better quality records (less hiss, snap, crackle and pop, and more signal.. supposedly). Then he sold us the same bloody music on tape, then again on CD… crikey the guy has hosed us several times over for the same old music thanks to technology.

Perhaps Sir Elton should get on his knees again, and instead of accepting a knighthood he should be thanking technology for making him a millionaire over, and over, and over, and over, and over… again.

So “when are you gonna come down” Elton? “When are you going to land” and see the real world for what it is. The real virtual world that is. Maybe you “should have stayed on the farm” and “listened to (your) old man“. Old man.

True story… I met Elton when he was still a commoner like the rest of us standing in line at an amusement ride in TO. There he was, just after a concert and grinning at me with that famous toothy smile of his. He was a chunky little guy, much huskier than his pictures gave him credit and he was surrounded by his teenybopper fans.

So what did I do? Absolutely nothing. I just smiled back at him, turned around and let him continue looking at the back of my head. (BTW Elton, I still have my original hair… cheers ya luddite :)

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Written August 1st, 2007 by | 20 Comments | Filed under: Miscellaneous Blog Tips, MythBusters

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  1. “sir” elton has forgotten much. he is typical of the arrogant well paid musician that has forgotten where he came from.

    my sister does animal training for t.v. and worked on an episode of absolutely fabulous when e.j. was a guest and he wouldn`t allow anyone on the set when he was working.


    shut the internet down to see what kind of art is produced?

    the bloke is a luddite.

    the internet is culture.

    it allows the general public to communicate at a distance and actually connect, like we are now, instead of huddling in the dark alone.

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  2. “the bloke is a luddite”

    I trust you weren’t inferring yours truly ;-)

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  3. If he was aware of how many people like myself have discovered new music because of the internet he’d have a different view of it.

    Then again, he’s so pop culture he’s probably afraid of people finding those lesser known artists because it dilutes his fan pool.

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  4. You tell him Kirsten.

    No wonder he’s so pissed. There’s just too much competition from all the rug rats :)

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  5. I like that you’re mixing it up more with different kinds of posts! One never knows what you’ll find here now. :-)

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  6. It is a news story that’s loosely related to blogging, and I couldn’t resist writing about it given it’s humorous nature.

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  7. Some people just don’t deal with change or transitions very well. “Change or Be Changed”. It’s a whole new cyber world for Elton but what better way to get some big press by him denouncing the internet when he just broke into it with his new release. Some of the new entertainers are by-passing the “old ways” entirely and releasing their music directly to the public on the internet and collecting $ directly from the internet. No middlemen.
    The music business has to catch up and figure out a way to keep making the kind of money they have in the past with this new format for music. It’s all about getting their royalities, I guess.
    I’m sure Elvis is rolling in his grave with the release of Viva Viagra commercial! Pitiful and Shameless.

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  8. An astute observation there Tica. Given his poor sales it was a way for him to generate some free press.

    It’s always all about the money isn’t it. Viva Elton. Viva the iPod.

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  9. You know what they say,
    “Bad press is better than no press”.
    You’ve seen the new Viagra commercial, right? Old farts (excuse me) playing the tune of Viva Las Vegas and substituting the words with “Viva Viagra”. Doesn’t Pfizer know that YOUNG guys use this stuff too. Recreationally, of course.
    Talk about missing your market.

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  10. Sorry Bloke, I misspoke. I went to http://www.viagra.com to check out how old the farts really were and well…I guess I’m an old tart too.

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  11. So that’s how the porn stars (and the old fart rock stars) keep it up :-)

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  12. …and guys that come to Costa Rica for a “sex vacation”. That was the topic that made front page news here last week.

    Back to Sir Elton, thanks for the lighthearted post. Cheers.

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  13. Ole John John will be singing a different tune if his new release on the internet sells a ga-jillon copies.
    Just love your “Just for Fun”.
    Do it again, please. Teri

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  14. Your wish is my command :)

    Sometimes people can take themselves too seriously don’t you think. After all the crapola from last week I thought it would be good for the soul to have a little fun.

    I’m glad that you liked it and thanks for participating in the frivolity. It’s gratifying to know that there are some people out there with a sense of humour.

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  15. Of course the blogosphere is going to get defensive if anyone of note says “boo” about it.

    While we are defending the internet and the blogosphere , lets consider the benefits:

    1) Anyone who can’t write can now publish a blog and pretend they can write. They can even pretend that they have a meaningful audience. Some bloggers even think they are journalists!

    2) Kids (and parents) can disconnect from natural communities and join virtual ones.
    They can also enjoy pornography just like adults can. (Do you seriously think you are going to keep them from it?) They now have even more reasons to stay indoors and fatten up in front of a screen. Hey… what about you out there? How many hours a week do you sit in front of a computer looking at trash or useless drivel? We now call that “community” and “culture.”

    Some people even think that giving all of the kids in the world laptops will make them well-educated. (I think I remember that Abraham Lincoln learned his lessons by writing with a piece of coal on the back of a shovel. Too bad he did not have Porn Tube.)

    3) Gambling is now easier than ever.

    4) Local merchants, workers and businessmen can become “disintermediated” by online multi-national corporations.

    5) At one time, people like Tom Paine, Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson would go to the taverns to drink, sing songs, and toast each other all night long. Other people would go to the neighbors for Sunday dinner to argue religion and politics.

    Not any more…

    Now we can go to the coffee shop (how pathetic) and hunch over our laptops and not even know who is sitting next to us.

    6) Eventually, our whole lives can become digitized. It certainly will be easier to control all of us, wouldn’t you agree?

    7) Mediocrity now reigns supreme under the guise of some sort of “digital democracy.” But hey, maybe quantity IS more important than quality and more data is better.

    8) We now have more “information” than we even asked for… unfortunately, 99% of it is scam, spam, more marketing, “bait link” or just plain poor quality.

    9) Perhaps we will all like the “Singularity.” By the

    10) Oh, yes.. the “paperless office.” Funny, though, our offices now consume several times the amount of paper they used to.

    11) Soon blog content will be computer generated, if some of it isn’t already. You will not be able to tell the difference.

    12) Luddites will have to master internet technology in order to destroy it. But it is a great comfort to know that advanced surveilance technology will probably put a stop to that.

    I’m sure that people will have all kinds of wonderful defenses for the internet and blogosphere. They can celebrate them as much as they wish.

    As for myself, I don’t see how the internet has contributed to the quality of my social, family, or business affairs. I certainly don’t have any more free time than I had during the pre-internet era. If my business world had not moved to the internet, I probably would have not moved there either. My life is not any richer in any way because of the internet.

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  16. CDs were going to ruin the music business. So was TV, stereo, cassettes, 5.1 and now the Internet. Change is always bad for someone.

    That someone? The person who can’t keep up. Fortunately Elton has guys who keep up with technology for him.

    Brent2’s last blog post..Make Artists Sound Better In Your Studio Than Anywhere Else (Part 2)

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 12:24 pm said...

    Yeah, my heart really goes out for these rich cry babies — NOT! :-)

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  17. Very nice site!

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