Prince, who more than earned the right to say all the stupid shit he wants somewhere around 1982, has proclaimed the Internet to be “completely over.” The quote comes from British tabloid The Daily Mirror—so you know, expect a retraction any minute now—who interviewed the singer about, among other things, his quest to keep his songs off of YouTube and iTunes and the shuttering of his official website. It turns out Prince isn’t just being difficult; he believes that the Internet has simply run its course:
"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 At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.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."
Indeed, it’s been proven that overexposure to "digital gadgets" leads to a form of functional illiteracy where numbers are seen as perfectly acceptable substitutes for prepositions. But more importantly, the Internet just isn’t cool anymore. So we’re shutting it down, people. Get your last “I’m eating a sandwich!” Twitter update out there and—as a parting gift—enjoy this video of a guy tripping on a double rainbow while you still can. Someone will be around shortly to collect your things.
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