Elton John Wants To Shut Down the Internet

POP legend Sir Elton John wants the internet CLOSED DOWN.

Never one to keep his opinions to himself, the Rocket Man has waded into cyberspace with all guns blazing. He claims it is destroying good music, saying:

"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. 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. I mean, get out there — communicate. Hopefully the next movement in music will tear down the internet. Let's 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. I'm sure, as far as music goes, it would be much more interesting than it is today."

Multi-millionaire Elton, who turned 60 earlier this year, has admitted in the past that he is a bit behind the times. The Grammy award-winner was once quoted as saying: "I am the biggest technophobe of all time. 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."

Sales of Elton's last album The Captain & The Kid were disappointing — it barely shifted 100,000 copies. And in the past Sir Elt has opposed illegal downloading of his music from the net. But the flamboyant singer has embraced the web in other ways. The 60th birthday concert Sir Elton played to a 20,000-strong crowd at New York's Madison Square Garden was streamed live over the internet. The singer also announced earlier this year that his entire back catalogue of albums would be made available for digital download.

The internet has played a huge role in kick-starting the careers of some of Britain's best new talent. Sandi Thom shot to fame after broadcasting webcam concerts from her London basement flat, while both the Arctic Monkeys and Lily Allen acknowledge the part played by the web in their success. But Elton also complained about the quality of music being released. He said: "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."

I guess that's what Sir Elt would call a net loss . . .

News source: The Sun

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Why? If they enjoy it what's the problem? If people WANT to get out more, what's stopping them? Obviously some people would rather be on the internet.

Also, since the internet is a recent invention, I'd say we've already gone longer than five years without it already.

Eis said,
Also, since the internet is a recent invention, I'd say we've already gone longer than five years without it already.
You've already answered your own question. Crime has never been higher than it is now. People have never felt more insular and secluded as they do now, media has ever been more corrupt, the list goes on.

Of course, this is largely as a result of technology, as opposed to just the Internet, which is what Sir Elton John eludes to in his statement. I guess that didn't make such a cutting headline though.

I do agree that perhaps the quality of music today isn't as memorable as what's been released in the past few decades, but that in no way is because of the Internet. If anything, the Internet has helped the musicians more than it has harmed them. Think about how many musicians have now finally gained some respect and exposure because they've been able to publish their works online, quickly and cheaply. Decades ago, you had to be picked up by a record label to get your music out. Nowadays, anyone with a hint of talent can post their stuff online, and then have it downloaded a million times.

What a d**khead. The internet has done nothing but improve the music industry, creating a new distribution channels for new artists with no money to get their music OUT there, and as for people not getting out, if anything, for me because of the net I actually do get out and meet lots of different people that I've met on the net. Shutting down the net would probably kill music distribution and the amount of new artists springing up. New technology helps people keep in touch, especially for those who live far away from each other, not to mention the millions of businesses who need the internet to operate. EJ is so full of crap.

Whoa, the Bitch is Back! ¬.¬

It's got nothing to do with the Internet. Music and it's culture as a whole has shifted, even before the internet became as big as it is today. We still have great artists. They may not be as memorable, but it has nothing to do with he Internet. A period in 2004 I remember had tonnes of great songs, yet it died down. Sometimes you'll get the REALLY awesome songs which come along (Darkness; I Believe in a Thing called love - For example), but that's up to the writing skills of the artist, nothing to do with the Internet.

I think what Elton has failed to see here, is that if the internet was to be shut down, the WHOLE world would change, for the worse. Name a well known company nowadays which doesn't have an online store, online service or whatnot. Many people have made a living FROM the internet, and shutting it down would completely ruin their businesses, lives, families etc. It'd be like the great Depression all over again for most people. I think John imagines that there's a little box with a small red switch somewhere in the world which when flipped just turns off the internet. Well We've got news John, that's not the case! This is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard. It doesn't even matter if the music isn't the same style as what it was 30 years ago. Music relies on taste, and he may not like the newer music, but others do. Anyway, The Who are still awesome

Love your Music though, John

Peh. Elton John is one of the many idiots who deserves to have their knighthood revoked. He condemns the biggest movement to unite people in the world because he wants people to go out and buy more of his records? I'm sorry, but the Internet whilst for all its faults and problems, it still does a lot of good and has become an important infrastructure in many Western and Far Eastern countries.

Yes there are many issues with society right now, but attributing them all to simply "The Internet" is narrowminded, uninformed and just plain stupid.

If he wanted to do something "amazing" for music, why doesn't he nullify his contract with his studio and release all his future music for free. Surely music is for the people regardless of their financial status?

Tho John i like your music very much (Lion King) love that song! and candle in the wind, i think you need to put more thought into the things you say that make you sound stupid. Shutting down the internet isn't a good idea John! Maybe you should investigate that the internet is not only about music and chatting.

Whilst I have thought about (and indeed have ideas) for pieces of music I wish to mix, I'm not thinking from this on a basis - that is loaded with the intent to solely "make money". It is about taking the best of the 70s, 80s and 90s - in fact - "the best from anything" with the view to being creative and utilising "in a creative way" the best elements from technology that can contribute towards enhancing one's experiences and emotions of the piece that was created. About sharing, informing and enjoying.

I respect all genres - even if I don't like some. There's a reason for whatever genre exists.

A lot of people are very proud to where you (Sir Elton) have progressed to today. If the purpose was not about making people happy, I wonder if you'd have got to "where you are today" had you'd just solely "thought about" making money" ?

So then - what about the many individuals from your generation who were at one time engaged and today, still are, in copyright management and protection ? Here's the paradox of where that's evolving :

"the public corporation" that forgot its 'duty' :


"DRM MS/BBC scram"

http://www.neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=41117

vs

"Software Lobby Warns Microsoft Too Close to BBC"

http://www.neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=41117

The participation of all kinds of (positive) experiences helps to bring mates and friends alike together. I don't think that the persons who have caused this 'duplicity to meander' would treat 'members of their own' in the same way, and although I have no intention of having and do not have (that corporations' material) in my house, a licence still has to be paid for.

"just keep on funking" - and making good music.

I think homosexuality should be outlawed and completely stopped for 5 years. Instead guys do nasty stuff to other guys, which is not OK according to God, and it doesn't do well for the long-term of mankind. If Elton Johns opinions counted the human race would eventually die out. Cant believe the media bother to quote him. He is very ignorant and close minded. Not everyone likes to sit down at pianos and write all day...bore...if you are anti cellphones, then why bother even using a regular phone...DUMB!!!! Be anti-phone period. I never had anything against Elton John until now, how can a 60 year old man have the brain of a stuck up 13 year old. But i guess we have something in common, i never owned an ipod either (but i got an iphone ). We move 30 orders a day on Ebay. If the internet was shutdown, I would not have a business, my wife and I would be unemployed and my 2 kids would need welfare. Like i said how could a 60 year old be so close minded and ignorant. Obviously the guy never used the interenet, he would realize how it plays a huge part in corporate america. So why does he want it gone if he never used it? ELTON YOUR NOT ALL THAT, especially now! THE ONLY TIME I EVER WATCHED YOU PERFORM WAS WHEN YOU PERFORMED WITH EMINEM/ PLEASE TAKE THIS GEEZER OFF HIS PEDESTAL, your time has past.

But you cannot say that if he's a homo then "he's wrong with all", in the same way you cannot say that a homo is right in everything. Ad hominem attacks are just futiles.

medafor said,
I think homosexuality should be outlawed and completely stopped for 5 years. Instead guys do nasty stuff to other guys, which is not OK according to God, and it doesn't do well for the long-term of mankind. If Elton Johns opinions counted the human race would eventually die out. Cant believe the media bother to quote him. He is very ignorant and close minded. Not everyone likes to sit down at pianos and write all day...bore...if you are anti cellphones, then why bother even using a regular phone...DUMB!!!! Be anti-phone period. I never had anything against Elton John until now, how can a 60 year old man have the brain of a stuck up 13 year old. But i guess we have something in common, i never owned an ipod either (but i got an iphone ). We move 30 orders a day on Ebay. If the internet was shutdown, I would not have a business, my wife and I would be unemployed and my 2 kids would need welfare. Like i said how could a 60 year old be so close minded and ignorant. Obviously the guy never used the interenet, he would realize how it plays a huge part in corporate america. So why does he want it gone if he never used it? ELTON YOUR NOT ALL THAT, especially now! THE ONLY TIME I EVER WATCHED YOU PERFORM WAS WHEN YOU PERFORMED WITH EMINEM/ PLEASE TAKE THIS GEEZER OFF HIS PEDESTAL, your time has past.

I think stupid ignorant people like you should be outlawed, and killed.

I hope Elton does not want to buy anything with a credit card. Maybe he can fly around in his Jet and pick up his paycheck instead of direct deposit. He has good music but a retard

I agreed with Elton John, he's so damn right but you cannot take their word literally, when he wants to shut down internet, he's talking about musicians, today intertnet and musicians are just filled with wannabe and almost all stink seriously, in fact you can find internet-music-groups that even known how to sing or play a instrument or even worst :guitar hero wannabe, a guitar hero is not any or related with play a real guitar.

i have to agree with some things. the advent of PCs and the internet has turned us into a fatter lazier nation. we no longer go out and do stuff as in the past. its all about sitting in front of the damn pc and doing everything from there. humans are eventually going to evolve into slow moving masses of jelly that cant talk because of sitting in front the damn pc and just emailing, instant messaging, and chatting away using the damn keyboard. oh well, back to the internetz i go.

google123 said,
i have to agree with some things. the advent of PCs and the internet has turned us into a fatter lazier nation. we no longer go out and do stuff as in the past. its all about sitting in front of the damn pc and doing everything from there. humans are eventually going to evolve into slow moving masses of jelly that cant talk because of sitting in front the damn pc and just emailing, instant messaging, and chatting away using the damn keyboard. oh well, back to the internetz i go. :)

we are a "nation" now are we? let me guess, you're American?

Says the guy who had to have someone write his lyrics for him.
STFU, Elton. Stick to buying diamonds and wigs.

Although I do appreciate and somewhat agree with his sentiment, he's far from uninsulated from the droll and duty of daily 'normal' life.

FYI almost every artist had to rely on someone else's work (song writers) once through their careers if you don't know that... Not every song from every artist is their own creation.

Also he's got a point... don't look at it from the music perspective, it really is about communicating and sharing and having a normal "human-like" life... Computers and the internet are damaging our youth's brains (belive me there are couple examples even here in this article...) their capacities of thinking on their own and having a healty body and mind are shrinking everyday as they sit their butts on the computer to spend 6+ hours writing nonsense on forums or playing online games which everyone knows they'll pretty much end up being the same... like two thousand games all over the planet which are all the same or compared to each other...

I mean, it really is time to get a life and go out there and remember how the sunrays burn your pale skin... have you ever kept a plant from the sunlight, haven't you notice how it turns yellow?

Elton's got nothing to loose at this ages when he's made the money he wanted thanks to his career, but I also belive that music piracy over the internet is the nastiest and most horrid way to pay to those artist who dwell day by day with themselves to try and make a living with what they live for (most of them)...

and about "completely" shuttin down the internet, well I think he is crazy... Maybe turning off any ways of media sharing ok, but heck we depend on the internet to work and make money (well at least those of us who don't spend 6+ hours on forums writing nonsense)...

What an idiot.

I can see it now, him out on the streets by himself protesting.

Its also been shown that the Internet has HELPED song artists make money. If they truely wanted more money, they would shut down the RIAA/MPAA.

for god's shake... give him a lollipop and make his shut up... Does he know that there are people who work over the Internet? Not everybody is a millionaire... Stupid, HOMO -(sapiens)!

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