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