Elton John Wants To Close The Net

From the Sun Online comes a bunch of drivel from the rather famous but washed up and irrelevant pop star Elton John about why the internet should be closed down.

Let’s take this absurdity point by point.

His Highness says:

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.

Right, because there aren’t bands anymore. Everyone is a solo musician like, hmm, oh I know - Elton John? Truth is, very few of these folks sitting at home are making art in a vacuum. They’re all part of devoted communities of artists and fans who share and critique and promote their own and each other’s work. Giving the power to create back to ordinary people is an amazing long-term artistic vision, if you ask me.

It’s just a means to an end.

Yes, Elton. What isn’t?

We’re 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.

It already has changed. The world is different now. Music, especially, is different now. The iPod+iTunes ecosystem, internet radio, mp3 blogs, peer-to-peer file-sharing, and even (shudder) MySpace have completely and utterly transformed the way we experience music. People listen more (maybe not to your records, though, Elton), people share more, and fans are every bit as fanatic as they ever were (arguably moreso). Blogging on the internet has been a huge force in this, without question.

I mean, get out there — communicate.

This point hardly deserves a response. People are communicating in ways never imagined.

Hopefully the next movement in music will tear down the internet.

Hopefully not. The internet is changing the musical landscape from one dominated by major labels and commercial motivations into a world of self-publishing, artistic freedom, and community. The web has enabled this revolution.

Let’s get out in the streets and march and protest instead of sitting at home and blogging.

Marching worked in the 60s. It doesn’t work today. See: The Iraq War

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.
Totally. Because it would be so different than it was the previous couple thousand years of human existence prior to the 1990s. Not.

There’s too much technology available.
No there’s not. There is too much fear, uncertainty, and doubt associated with the tools available that their full potential is rarely realized. Some artists are doing incredible things with technology. Others suck. Same thing happened with the electric guitar.

In the early Seventies there were at least ten albums released every week that were fantastic. Now you’re lucky to find ten albums a year of that quality. And there are more albums released each week now than there were then.

Don’t blame the musicians. Blame the labels who refuse to publish anything that isn’t overproduced crap.

Or really, Elton, blame yourself. Did you listen to your last album?