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August 5 2007

Elton John

This man wants the Internet shut down for five years.

I know… cheap shot, but come on.

I’m a few days behind on this, but I’ve been A)busy and B)I had to keep shaking my head about it.

He feels that the Internet is killing creativity and harming music and that it should be shut down for five years and see what happens with the production of music. He also adds that people are no longer communicating because of the Internet, we just sit in our houses and blog. (*cough* yes, the irony is not lost on me)

Now, yes, Sir Elton admits he doesn’t understand the ‘net, so he doesn’t understand just how insanely impossible it is to shut down the net barring a world-wide disaster. It was designed to survive a nuclear war, so, I think Elton’s out of luck.

I also think he’s out of his ever loving mind.

The Internet has brought so much more music to me that I would have never experienced. Just this week I was introduced to a couple of bands from France I have never heard of, and I liked them. (and a friend from Brazil told me about one of them, if that’s not communicating, I don’t know what is)

I have no clue what brought this about, or why he feels he is expert enough to call for such a thing, but he really comes off as a doddering old man with statements like this. Could the same things have been said when radio came about? What about Television? He is afraid of a “new” technology which he doesn’t understand.

If he’s really serious, may I suggest he make the first bold move and shut down EltonJohn.com?



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  • I think this is an ivory tower problem. People like Elton who experienced early, explosive fame and who have lived a life sheltered and isolated from the way normal people do have no idea how the world works for those who aren’t wealthy and who do not have someone to do everything for them. One of the reasons Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie’s “reality” show ran for as long as it did despite the fact that it depicted a couple of vapid rich girls who have no talent is that it was watching a few of these ivory tower types react to life as most of us live it.

    The difference between Elton and these “celebutants” is that Elton is older and didn’t grow up with the technology we use. He’s probably never used a computer before and probably never will because someone is at his beck and call to fulfill his needs. He also has temper issues that tend to exaggerate his appearing to be far-removed from reality.

    An interesting contrast to Elton is David Bowie who was just as popular and famous in almost the same era but who is nearly an internet addict and clearly understands computers well. It just goes to show that it’s not about age or even fame but about self-awareness and awareness of others and open-mindedness. As you say, he does appear to be an old fogey without a clue. He doesn’t have to be one but it’s far more comfortable than actually living in the real world and taking the time to learn how new things work.

  • Shari – Exactly. This is very much a case of “ivory tower syndrome”. He admits he doesn’t understand it, but yet he can condemn it? It makes no sense.

    He’s out of touch with the times, and it’s not like this will ever come to be, but it makes for interesting reading and points out the differences in the “classes” quite a bit.

  • britney Asbourne

    Never seen Elton John on concert, I was not going to see it, Elton John tickets got sky rocked thanks to stupid brokers. But even if I had seen it, I wouldn’t buy it. I’d rather wait and see it on DVD. Well suprise I changed my mind and I got 2 tix for the Elton John show I was looking for tickets thanks god there sites like ***NAME REMOVED BY ADMIN*** which work as comparators here is the site ***URL REMOVED BY ADMIN*** . So any body going to the Elton John concert ??

  • Your comment is welcome here, Britney, your linking to what boils down to a ticket broker is not.