On 8/3/07, Paul Davis wrote:
> good grief, did you even read/listen to what he had to say? it
If you're insulted that I called him senile, then nevermind; my point is
still that just because he didn't say he was attacking the internet for
intellectual property reasons doesn't mean he wasn't attacking the internet
for intellectual property reasons.
> > One other result of increased communication, including the internet,
Now that's ridiculously insulting and unnecessary. I don't see any
difference between wasting time with technology and wasting time without
it. If the millions of people playing WoW et al don't stop the people who
create great music as a result of the internet (e.g. having access to free
software as a result of the internet, learning how to use granular synthesis
as a result of the internet, studying psychoacoustics as a result of the
internet), then who cares?
> Now certain musicians can have an audience that never could have
Then read what I wrote. "Increased communication, including the
came to wider public attention with his breakthrough single "Loser", a
Nerds were communicating across continents without the interference of
content programmers. I recall a friend of mine downloading a slew of Dave
Mathews tablatures from newsgroups around that time. That couldn't have
been an isolated incident, and it has to affect sales. They say the best
advertising is word-of-mouth; how can the ability to talk to people in other
time zones not affect that?
> I'm not sure how much role the internet had per se in his obtaining
Well if you've ever seen the intro to an episode of Southpark, you've heard
their music. Their contract does predate the "rise" of the internet, but
again, I don't think they would have been signed 10 years earlier, and I
think technology played a role.
> I don't think that art produced by isolated individuals is generally
No, Elton was talking about the quality of the art. Did you read what he
"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."
If the internet was shut down, he says, "I'm sure, as far as music goes, it
would be much more interesting than it is today."
And he's wrong.