The last person I expected to see on Techmeme today was Elton John! And with the absolutely riducolous request to “shut down the Internet for five years”. He claims it is destroying people’s ability to interact with one another and it’s also destroying the quality of music that society is creating.
What a load of pants! It’s true that technology changes patterns in people’s lives, but if anything it provides them with more options and a greater choice of what to do. Sitting at home and blogging is a choice that someone makes, running around in the street waving placards is another choice. The two aren’t mutually exclusive but Sir Elton thinks they are. He concludes his rant with:
“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.”
If you’re interested in reading more, here’s the article in The Sun (’nuff said)