Bono is Knob Cheese – SHOCK!!

In a recent NY Times op-ed piece Bono has hit out at those amongst us who dare to deny the music industry ts filthy lucre. All in the name of making the world a better place of course.

A decade’s worth of music file-sharing and swiping has made clear that the people it hurts are the creators — in this case, the young, fledgling songwriters who can’t live off ticket and T-shirt sales like the least sympathetic among us — and the people this reverse Robin Hooding benefits are rich service providers, whose swollen profits perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business.

So file sharing over the last ten years has hit the poor fledgling artists hard has it? That’s strange as I’ve not exactly noticed a dearth of new talent or acts. In fact I now, thanks in no small part to file sharing networks like soulseek, have discovered many new bands that I would otherwise never have heard of. Websites like Myspace and Last.fm are awash with new bands sidestepping the dinosaurs of the music industry and promoting themselves.

So if it’s the new acts that are suffering how come there are so many new bands that seem to be doing so well? Methinks it is the fact that most new music doesn’t go near the music industry that is worrying the business. Good, they should be worried. For decades they have spoon fed us banality and boredom and have recuperated at every turn anything that is new and interesting to fill still more their pockets.

Now in the age of 1’s and 0’s they are panicing and as they can’t stop people from sharing they try to demonise us. Well bollocks to them. If home taping didn’t kill the music industry hopefully file sharing will.

Long live music and death to the music industry! 😀

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Posted on January 4, 2010, in Culture, Interwebs and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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