Fashion Statement

Sir Elton John, international pop icon and fashion maven, has called for the internet to be shut down.

The Oddball Pinball Wizard bemoans the fact that the internet “stops people from going out and being with each other, creating stuff” and instead might allow them to make their own music at home. This is, apparently, a bad thing because it “doesn’t bode well for long-term artistic vision”.

Elton John joins a growing list of people who think that the internet is some kind of intellectual property communist plot and will ruin the arts, the media and just about everything else in which they have vested interest. Foremost among these is the laughable Andrew Keen. Keen, who has described the net as a “grand utopian movement” like “communist society” and recently penned the whining Cult of the Amateur, is, however, very happy to use the net to promote his views through his blog and his podcasts.*

Elton sobs out his fear that there will be no more great art if that intertube thingy is allowed to continue unhampered:

“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.”

So there you have it you lazy bunch of no-hopers! What are you doing sitting around reading this. Go out an create a pre-internet work of genius!


*You will note that in contrast to my usual method here on The Cow, I have not hot-linked any of Keen’s net presence instances or works, other than an information link to Wikipedia (a site which Keen detests, predictably enough). I consider him to be a major hypocrite, an elitist and worst of all in my opinion, an old-fashioned bore.