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Prince Calls Internet a “Fad”

10-Jul-10 04:33 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

W

ell, it seems the artist formerly known as Prince can add "formerly taken seriously" or "formerly not routinely the butt of jokes" to his shrinking list of titles.  It was widely reported last week that the — and I use the term loosely at this point — celebrity musician declared "the Internet is dead" during an interview last week.  (See video below or linked here at MSNBC.)

CNBC: Musicisn Prince has declared the Internet “dead,” and plans to release his next project on CD. A CNBC panel discusses whether digitial distribution has a viable future.

Of course late night TV hosts are each taking their turn at Prince’s expense; punishing him for his bold prediction.  I might even be willing to succumb to my underdog complex and defend Prince, were it not for his further prediction concerning what might cause Internet obsolescence: paper media?  It just sounds, well, too dumb for someone in Prince’s position to say…unless of course he’s only making these public comments to stir up controversy of some sort.  And it’s been done before, though usually be making a statement less totally lacking in supporting evidence.

Once would expect this story to die a quick, merciful death but — it’s Prince, so who knows?

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