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Prince Says Internet Is Over

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the it-was-fun-while-it-lasted dept.

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the_arrow writes "According to the artist currently known as Prince, 'The internet's completely over.' At least that what he says in an interview with the British newspaper Mirror. Quoting Prince: '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 At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.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.'"

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Like how in the 80's Prince was hip... (5, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810444)

...and suddenly he became outdated.

Now get off Prince's lawn, ya young whippersnappers with yer noisy electronic doo-hickeys!!

Re:Like how in the 80's Prince was hip... (4, Funny)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810510)

Sorry, what was that?

I couldn't hear you with my iPod earbuds in, pumping numbers in my head and all.

Re:Like how in the 80's Prince was hip... (4, Insightful)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810904)

Prince doesn't understand.

The internet is no more a "fad" than radio or television. It merely changed how we receive the radio and television. NOW instead of fixed schedules we can get things on-demand, whenever we wish.

MTV and VH1 have not died. They simply moved. Now they are on the net and have a new name: youtube.com and googlevideos.com and itunes.com

Re:Like how in the 80's Prince was hip... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32810514)

Prince needs to go back to being paranoid, playing basketball, and making waffles. When was the last time Prince was relevant? He is gay 80's style.

Pancakes, not waffles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32810656)

Damn, it was pancakes, not waffles. Still, gay 80's style.

Re:Pancakes, not waffles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32810792)

Were waffles even around in the 80's?

You idiot

Re:Like how in the 80's Prince was hip... (5, Funny)

sorak (246725) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810652)

Do you really want to mess with a guy who owns ass-less pants and who invented the bat-dance? I say just nod politely and walk away.

Re:Like how in the 80's Prince was hip... (5, Funny)

xtracto (837672) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810686)

Well, I won't believe the internet is over until Netcraft confirms it.

Re:Like how in the 80's Prince was hip... (1, Funny)

Nushio (951488) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810940)

Dude, I read it on the Internet, so it must be true.

Books totally over too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32810808)

There was a time when books were cool, but now they only fill your head with words. No good. Free spirits don't need information.

Kevin Smith (3, Informative)

Scared Rabbit (1526125) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810472)

Not that anyone ever should have taken prince seriously, but if anyone still can they need to go watch an evening with Kevin Smith lol.

Re:Kevin Smith (0, Offtopic)

Scared Rabbit (1526125) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810496)

Not that anyone ever should have taken prince seriously, but if anyone still can they need to go watch an evening with Kevin Smith lol.

does not can...

Yeah, he's relevant (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32810482)

I was wondering what he felt. I wonder if he has any ideas on how to stop the Gulf Oil Disaster?

Re:Yeah, he's relevant (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810898)

He's just going to rename it using a non-numeric symbol. TaDa! no more Gulf Oil Disaster.

The internet says "Prince is over" (5, Insightful)

jsepeta (412566) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810484)

the days of rockstars selling $20 cd's and people paying attention to monotonous radio stations that only play a short playlist of over-publicized artists is over. he'll never make the millions he used to, and to be successful (wealth-accumulating) in the post internet world one needs to get off their ass and tour, actually PERFORMING music like the minstrels of yore.

Re:The internet says "Prince is over" (5, Insightful)

jythie (914043) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810612)

Or even worse.... one ends up being paid based of actual sales rather then convincing some executive how much you are worth ahead of time. That seemed to be his big beef.

Re:The internet says "Prince is over" (1)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810640)

successful (wealth-accumulating) ... PERFORMING music like the minstrels of yore

Yeah, those Olde Time Minstrels really knew how to build a fortune. I mean, it's easier to name the minstrels that didn't get wealthy than it is to name all of the ones that did, right? You bet!

It's sort of like today, when the wealthiest, most successful creative people in the world are all in bar bands.

Re:The internet says "Prince is over" (4, Insightful)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810710)

Anyone who becomes an artist for wealth is a fool. The purpose of being an artist is to create art because it is what you love. If you can manage to not starve while you do it, more power to you.

I agree (1)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 3 years ago | (#32811018)

Anyone who becomes an artist for wealth is a fool. The purpose of being an artist is to create art because it is what you love. If you can manage to not starve while you do it, more power to you.

One of my favorite composers - Charles Ives - worked in the insurance industry for most of his life, and that's how he made his living. He kept his career and music quite separate and that didn't stop him from being a fairly prolific composer for his time at all.

It's actually thought that the opposite was true: when he retired from insurance, he also stopped composing.

Re:The internet says "Prince is over" (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810972)

Even performing live may not be profitable for artists. I just learned that Lilith Fair canceled 1/3rd of its summer schedule due to lack of ticket sales. AND apparently it's not the only concert calling t quits. This summer has been lousy.

Re:The internet says "Prince is over" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32810804)

rofl, didn't get too far into the TFA did you:

Prince agreed to his first British newspaper interview for 10 years before his eagerly anticipated new album 20TEN which, in the biggest music giveaway of the year, will be released free in the UK only in the Daily Mirror this Saturday.

Re:The internet says "Prince is over" (1)

dracphelan (916527) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810834)

I completely agree. Compare Prince with artists like Ted Nugent. He is almost always touring. He has a huge presence on the internet with his web sites and forums. This past weekend he had Amazon sell a special album for 76 cents. You may disagree with him politically, but he is a very savvy businessman and musician.

Re:The internet says "Prince is over" (1)

djdavetrouble (442175) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810842)

Prince is actually kind of awesome. Besides being talented and extremely prolific, He gamed the record release system several times, resulting in top 10 albums. At one point he included an album sale in the price of a concert ticket, on the musicology tour. Instant platinum. They changed the rules just so it couldn't be done again after that. He has gotten sort of wierd religious lately, probably where all this is coming from.

Re:The internet says "Prince is over" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32810880)

ahem, thats exactly what prince is doing. his last album he gave away free in a newspaper and is about to give away another one for free. he has also been on some massive tours/residencies in las vegas and london in the last couple years which have made him truck loads of money.

he is actually ahead of the curve on this one.

Internet says Prince is over (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32810488)

and has been for a while !

But what would Diana think? (1)

xaxa (988988) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810492)

Are you sure this was in the Mirror? I don't see what it has to do with the royal family...

Correction... Re:But what would Diana think? (1)

xaxa (988988) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810606)

(Sorry, I've mixed up the Mirror and the Express. It's the Express that's still obsessed with Diana.)

Wow, he's still around? (1)

therealobsideus (1610557) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810500)

Chalk it to me being young, but I thought he was long gone. Guess he's only 52, but still - my generation and the one coming after me don't care what you think! :)

Re:Wow, he's still around? (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810802)

Chalk it to me being young, but I thought he was long gone. Guess he's only 52, but still - my generation and the one coming after me don't care what you think! :)

I think I can safely say, on behalf of the generation that came BEFORE you:

We don't care what he thinks either.

Re:Wow, he's still around? (1)

lmcgeoch (1298209) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810850)

He's still partying like it is 1999...I guess he didn't have internet then...unlike the rest of us

A series of tubes formerly known as The Internet (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32810524)

Is to be renamed Prince.

And the artist formerly known as Prince will be renamed ColecoVision.

speechless (1)

acalltoreason (1732266) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810530)

I am utterly speechless. It's not like our nation's infrastructure runs on the Internet or anything. Let's give Prince the benefit of the doubt and think about what he said. People are addicted to the connectivity. The Internet and all the "gadgets" will not go away anytime soon.

Way to go SD! (0, Troll)

notommy (1793412) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810538)

for featuring something someone with an IQ of 23 said in a "newspaper" for people with IQ of 11. I hope this wasn't posted here for /. users to laugh at. Because it's not nice to laugh at the mentally retarded!

The person who approved this clearly has a sick sense of humor and should me immediately fired.

Aw man... (2, Informative)

singingjim1 (1070652) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810562)

Prince...Prince! Prince!! Whaddaya doing?? Damn. That's a shame. I mean, I know he was odd, but I had no idea he was addle-minded. In response though to the "get off your ass and tour" comment. I saw him working his butt off a couple years ago at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL ($300 tickets - the cheap seats were $200) and he performs regularly at his club in Vegas. So I don't think he's hurting for cash.

Re:Aw man... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32810770)

Awwww, it is okay. Personally I did not take much notice of anything in the article. After all, I read it on the internet.

P.S. Prince is a Jehovah Witness and says he never looks to the past??? WTF?

Elle, Oh, Elle (3, Insightful)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810568)

There was a time when Prince was an amazing musician, making some spectacular music. Purple Rain remains one of the better albums ever created. But. Prince has jumped the shark. He is so utterly out of touch with reality that the mind simply boggles. And he hasn't made any great music in a very long time. Well, that may not be true - he may have made a ton of spectacular music but it's all stored away in his vault, protected from pirates and music execs and, well, fans.

The man truly is insane.

Payment model (1)

CHK6 (583097) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810604)

Sounds more like Prince doesn't like the new payment model or doesn't understand it. He comes from the age where studios pay up front. Now they pay what they sell. Yes, and those numbers is complains about, it's called economics.

Absurd (1)

RafaelAngel (249818) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810618)

This truly is absurd. Prince, of all people, declares the internet is over. How did he come to this assessment? The internet is now like a utility. Can he make the claim that electricity, gas, and water are over? More likely that his music career is over and he can't figure out how to use the internet.

Re:Absurd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32810766)

The internet is now like a utility

This is the average users experience:

* Dosens of "news"-sites with rehashed information
* youtube / facebook / twitter
* HD porn

This used to be the average internet demography:

* My own blog (often coded up yourself)
* mIRC
* Fora
* Meeting people all over the world and connecting cultures (ICQ, mIRC, ...)
* Animated gifs
* Own website in progress, but you were creating
* Reading new things and taking time because the information was scarce
* Actual research, not copy pasta link
* LD porn

Is Prince channeling Beavis and Butthead? (1)

rockiams (12481) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810626)

Butt-head: Uhhhh... I'm, like, angry at numbers.
Beavis: Yeah, there's like, too many of them and stuff.

Either way I am glad that stupid fad is over. Can't wait to start going to the library and taking hours to do what can be done in milliseconds now.

yeah, I'm fixating on the less relevant part... (1)

doubleyou (89602) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810628)

They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you.

Right, because the last thing this country needs is a populace with a better command of math.

I'm afraid to ask him his opinion on the state of math education.

Re:yeah, I'm fixating on the less relevant part... (2, Insightful)

hey! (33014) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810944)

There's a huge gap between having a head full of numbers, being good at math, and being good at understanding the world (which requires math).

There's tension and interplay between understanding statistics (for example) and the experiential knowledge and even imaginative faculties needed to apply statistics to a problem like (for instance) running a business. Mathematics is like a map of the real world; it tells you about places you haven't been yet, but being there tell you things that aren't on a map.

There you have it.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32810630)

....1 billion people can be wrong (http://techcrunch.com/2009/01/23/comscore-internet-population-passes-one-billion-top-15-countries/).

At one time /. was hip and suddenly... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32810638)

Let's wait and see.

Internet==MTV (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32810670)

If the Internet is like MTV, then I WANT MY MTV.... well, you sure can get some chicks for free out on the Internet.

The artist formerly known as [symbol] (1)

Torodung (31985) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810680)

They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you.

Just like changing your name into an unprintable, unpronounceable symbol can't be good for your career.

The man knows from experience. Make sure your head isn't full of [expletive deleted].

--
Toro

These tubes are out of date! (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810682)

They say two thousand zero, zero, party over,
Oops, out of time!
So tonight I'm gonna Twitter like it's 2009!

Completely lost touch with reality. (1)

harl (84412) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810698)

The man has simply lost touch with reality. Not surprising considering how rich and famous he is. It's great to have a specific instance to point to.

To misquote Kevin Smith talking about his experience with Prince, "Price lives in Prince world. Sometimes we have trouble explaining why we can't get him a camel at 2 in the morning in Minneapolis in the middle of winter."

Go watch An Evening with Kevin Smith for the full story.

Prince (3, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810716)

He has no standing
On the Internet, he's cold (so cold)
He's not going to stop piracy, he's being too demanding
Maybe he's being too bold
Maybe he's never satisfied (never satisfied)
But we shouldn't scream at each other
That's what it sounds like
When a short 50 year old purple has been Jehovah's Witness
Makes trolls cry

It's more of a rebranding (1)

highspl (523486) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810720)

He means the porn land formerly known as the Internet.

Re:It's more of a rebranding (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810926)

You mean the Internet formerly known as wild, freaky porn land. He's just mad because there's freakier weirder stuff online than he could ever compete with.

How to renew interest in your work (1)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810746)

Phase 1: Say something to the press completely outrageous i.e. "the internet is over"

Phase 2: Let people on the internet comment and argue about what you said

Phase 3: ?????

Phase 4: Profit!

.

Convenient ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32810758)

That's funny. According to the Internet, "Prince is completely over."

numbers can't be good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32810768)

Math is HARD!!

To Berners-Lee (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32810800)

Quick! Send that link to Tim Berners-Lee! Oh wait, send a printout through snail mail instead because THE INTERNET JUST DYEDED!

Prince (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32810818)

Prince is a saddo.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1)

dugn (890551) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810826)

"...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."

"And there are simply too many notes, that's all. Just cut a few and it will be perfect."

Oh well (1)

obarthelemy (160321) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810830)

I actually kinda get his point. It's been a long time since anything really interesting happened on the Internet, via the Internet, or Thanks to the Internet. Nowadays, it seems more a of time waster for the socially needy, who NEED to know within 10s if Michael Jackson has died or not, Facebook their holiday photos, and twit their lunch menu.

All that time spent in social reinforcement (how much of that can we possibly need ?) and media consumption is time not spent actually doing, learning, achieving anything...

I'll get back to reading another forum now ^^

Prince? (1)

srobert (4099) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810858)

I wouldn't know what Prince thought about the internet, if I hadn't just read about it over the internet. And increasingly large numbers of young people will have to google Prince to find out who he was.

If you feed the troll, you get to keep it (3, Insightful)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810864)

Nice job publicising that he's got a new album out. How else would we have heard?

Then again, if it's only available on CD, I guess nobody here is going to buy it, so that'll be a target market FAIL for lil' Princey there.

Little Red Corvette - Flying Car Edition (1)

pedropolis (928836) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810870)

Prince says the 'tubes are over. This from a guy who keeps partying like it's 1999.

Prince sees internet as the enemy? (1)

fluor2 (242824) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810882)

I wonder if he changed his name just to fight piracy in the first place. I bet he's been fighting Internet for a long time.

I think I'll change my name to :) (1)

flahwho (1243110) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810890)

"They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you."

Better numbers than dumb cryptic symbols.

Who? (1)

miffo.swe (547642) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810932)

I dont know but i think Prince has gotten the internet all backwards. The internet is the network connecting stuff. Much stuff will disappear into history but i seriously doubt the internet itself going anywhere soon.

Takes 1 to no 1 ? (1)

wytcld (179112) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810950)

Price knows what it is to be a huge fad. Not in a bad way, either. There's serious quality in his art. And having it dressed up all trendy was part of the art. But trends end.

Too much of the press is trying too hard to pretend everything Internet is still cool. When every single square TV show tries to establish its cool with the hep cats by inviting you to tweet, at some point the true vanguard - if there is such a population any more (if you think you're it, you're probably not) - can see that the Internet brand has faded.

Me, I'll keep listening to Prince and keep visiting /. But am I cool for having these in my life? It's not that something can't be cool just because it's broadly popular; the Beatles were cool even at No. 1. But it needs to be fresh to be cool. The Beatles stayed fresh, then broke up before it was too late. Other coolest rock stars conveniently died. The Stones are no longer cool. Prince is no longer cool. The Internet is a huge mass of mostly luke-warm. It's on Main Street, it is Main Street. And it's no exile.

Number stations (1)

dorkinson (1615103) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810960)

I think he's mistaking the internet for the number station recordings on archive.org. Listening to that stuff for a few years REALLY can't be good.

He's right... (1)

bhunachchicken (834243) | more than 3 years ago | (#32810986)

I remember when I used to use the internet all the time - shopping on Amazon, reading the news, doing research, etc.

Now I don't bother and nor does anyone else. People are now into Facebook and Twitter, iPhones and iTunes.

Prince is right - The internet could've been massive, but it's now just full of ads.

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