No More Bono-Babble

No More Bono-Babble

In this morning’s New York Times, “Bono” gaffed.

He wrote:

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.

To be fair, when “Bono” says “rich service providers”, he’s probably talking about the Comcasts and ATT’s of our fine nation…not the thousands of other ISP’s that are struggling with FCC-sanctioned duopolies in most markets.  So maybe Mr. Bono might take a look at the regulatory landscape and actually understand what he is talking about before shooting his mouth off.

But who am I kidding?  “Bono” lives in the dwindling world of music superstars, a testament to the corporate edifices that infest the music industry in the U.S.

Want to know more about “Bono”?  And “Edge”? And all these one-name wonders that say they’re in this for art…but are nothing but money-grubbing bastards who are pissed that nobody is buying their buggy-whips? Then try this on for size:

http://www.negativland.com/news/?page_id=19

And unlike what “Bono” implies: most folks getting music online are buying it from iTunes, Amazon, or a host of other online venues that cater to the varied music tastes of their patrons.  And those of us who have opted-out of the megacorp music crap that pervades the media in our fine nation really don’t have much time for market-propped corpostars like this “Bono”.  The alternative and indy scenes are thriving, no thanks to people like “Bono” who continue to support the antiquated label system.

Hell, I can’t even listen to FM radio anymore without suffering through some craptastic megacorps idea of what music they want to push.  The best I can stomach nowadays is a local “HotAC” station…which is more about nostalgia than any merits to the music.

So when “Bono” sees his dwindling sales, he blames file-sharing, instead of the reality: after Joshua Tree, his music hasn’t been worth buying.  Only the label system keeps him afloat, through their various means, such as marketing propaganda.

Indeed:  if “Bono” were to actually peer down from his ivory and read this, he might think I’ve interjected personalities into the mix…then act all shocked that his sniping at a few fat cat duopolistic ISP’s managed be offensive to all the independents that continue to hang on in this market despite the Bushco-esque regulatory capture that we all deal with every day.  But that would require this “thought” stuff, much of which I’m not seeing in Bono’s Babble.

So for now, “Daft Punk is Playing at My House”…which is to say, LCD Soundsystem.  “Bono” can suck my bono.

And I personally prefer to buy movies, if only to save drive space…but when it comes time to use them — lawfully and legally — in a project (such as mentioned in my previous blog post), it’s sometimes easier to download them, rather than fight with some studio’s lame-brained ideas about “copy-protection”.  Ancient, ivory-towered cats like “Bono” don’t get that, and are more about protecting their own crew’s bottom line, rather than any semblance of consumer protections…or artists’ protections.

http://www.negativland.com/news/?page_id=19

Finally:  If you haven’t seen the South Park episode that sends-up Bono for being “number 2″…it’s absolutely hilarious.