Prince: The Internet is Over.

I knew it would happen someday. That the Internet would go the way of pet rocks, leg warmers, and *NSYNC. Or MTV. I mean, it’s totally just a fad, and pretty soon the fickle masses will be onto the next thing.

At least, that’s what Prince thinks. As he told the Mirror a few days ago:

“The internet’s completely over. I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it. The internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”

I think we may have a case here of Prince (he is Prince again, right?) being a little confused about what the Internet actually is. When he throws out the example of MTV, that’s like pointing out that Friendster was a fad. The dancing hampster was a fad. And (I hate to break it to some of you guys) Facebook and Twitter may someday go the way of AOL chatrooms and Hot or Not. But saying the Internet is a fad is like saying that television is a fad.

But what do we know? All these computers are filling our head with numbers. And, you know, facts. (I hear math is a fad, too.)

Don’t get me wrong: I like Prince’s music. And I do to some degree respect his efforts to fight piracy – but he is going about it in completely the wrong way. He apparently think he’s going to trick “the Internet” by only giving out his CDs in copies of newspapers rather than offering it for download. Which means, of course, that a large number of people who would have purchased it off of iTunes are going to illegally download it instead – because obviously the second that CD hits someone’s hands, it will be ripped and sitting online somewhere. Though Prince’s pendulum swung way too far years ago when he threw a DMCA grenade at YouTube and it hit a cute ‘lil dancing baby. (Though, yes, dancing babies are a fad.)

So the good news is: the Internet probably isn’t going anywhere. (I know, you were worried there for a second, right?) The other good news is that fads do exist and they probably will be gone. Like Justin Bieber. And Twilight. But someday when you regale your children with tales of acid-wash jeans and Hannah Montana, the Internet will probably still be around for you to pull up the evidence.

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20 Responses to Prince: The Internet is Over.

  1. It fills your head with numbers, right, Prince? Numbers like 1999, and 20Ten, and "Want U 2 Use Numbers 4 Words All Day"?

    Wow, this Internet thing is more serious than I thought.

  2. It fills your head with numbers, right, Prince? Numbers like 1999, and 20Ten, and “Want U 2 Use Numbers 4 Words All Day”?

    Wow, this Internet thing is more serious than I thought.

  3. I never liked a thing about 'Prince' nor will I ever. The things he said about the internet only strengthens why that is, how moronic. His music is lame, he is a sissy and apparently he isn't online enough to see that their are really little to no numbers involved with being online. Our computers take care of that matter for us. Does he have to literally plug in the 1's and 0's to get online through binary? Or is it the numbers of greed that concern him with his private little 'war' on piracy? In any case one word: Lame.

  4. I never liked a thing about ‘Prince’ nor will I ever. The things he said about the internet only strengthens why that is, how moronic. His music is lame, he is a sissy and apparently he isn’t online enough to see that their are really little to no numbers involved with being online. Our computers take care of that matter for us. Does he have to literally plug in the 1’s and 0’s to get online through binary? Or is it the numbers of greed that concern him with his private little ‘war’ on piracy? In any case one word: Lame.

  5. I'm pretty sure he said this just to get some publicity. What better way to bring yourself back into the spotlight than to make some ridiculous claim that you know will get picked up by most news sites?

  6. I’m pretty sure he said this just to get some publicity. What better way to bring yourself back into the spotlight than to make some ridiculous claim that you know will get picked up by most news sites?

  7. Maybe he's seeing into the future and have seen that we can no longer put any more tubes into the ground?

    After all, Internet is a series of tubes…. ;)

  8. Maybe he’s seeing into the future and have seen that we can no longer put any more tubes into the ground?

    After all, Internet is a series of tubes…. ;)

  9. The only way the internet will be a distant fad, is if we humans develop an alternative.

    Multi-user telepathy might work, but I don't see our brains evolving quick enough in the near future, so the internet it is.

    Of course the other alternative to the internet being a gone fad, is if all electricity worldwide stops. Could happen. But both scenarios seem unlikely any time soon.

  10. The only way the internet will be a distant fad, is if we humans develop an alternative.
    Multi-user telepathy might work, but I don’t see our brains evolving quick enough in the near future, so the internet it is.
    Of course the other alternative to the internet being a gone fad, is if all electricity worldwide stops. Could happen. But both scenarios seem unlikely any time soon.

  11. Well, you have to think about. TV is not the way it once was – we have to pay to watch commercials, right? Same for CD movies and the theaters. I also hear of folks giving up the old tube for HULA – why cheaper!

    Internet providers want to charge more for bandwidth – the more you download (Netflix) the more it will cost you.

    I use to smoke but gave it up 25 years ago when cigarettes hit $2 a pack. Cigarettes in New York are now $11, some places $16.

    Is all this to say that people will give up Comcast, watching CD’s, going to the movies, Netflix or smoking cigs? Nope, just taking baths. They will be 24/7 to pay for all of this.

  12. Well, you have to think about. TV is not the way it once was – we have to pay to watch commercials, right? Same for CD movies and the theaters. I also hear of folks giving up the old tube for HULA – why cheaper!

    Internet providers want to charge more for bandwidth – the more you download (Netflix) the more it will cost you.

    I use to smoke but gave it up 25 years ago when cigarettes hit $2 a pack. Cigarettes in New York are now $11, some places $16.

    Is all this to say that people will give up Comcast, watching CD’s, going to the movies, Netflix or smoking cigs? Nope, just taking baths. They will be 24/7 to pay for all of this.

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