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Bono, You Got It All Wrong

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Bonooooooorrrrlllllllll! I know you are a rock star and a defender of the planet and I really like Joshua Tree and Rattle & Hum and even Zooropa, but come on, "reverse Robin Hood"? So wrong. And it gets worse:

"But we know from America's noble effort to stop child pornography, not to mention China's ignoble effort to suppress online dissent, that it's perfectly possible to track content."

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Amazing. Is he putting the fight to protect children from sexual depredators at the same level of pirates copying music? Or does he wish that we all had an Internet control system comparable to communist China? And this guy fights for human rights and freedom?

At the end, Bono, this is not about reverse Robin Hooding. This is not about the providers stealing from you. This is about two groups of fat cats fighting for money. First, you're rich and your pals at the music industry are rich. Second, those are rich service providers. In the middle, getting sandwiched between your throbbing shameless practices and thick hypocrisy, is the people. I can't speak for the rest of us, but I'm sick of you both.

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And while we are talking about Robin Hood, and giving gold schillings from the rich to the poor, let's talk about your tax evasion practices to avoid redistributing your wealth in Ireland. [BBC]

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The system is broken. Not because of any fat cats, not because of any struggling recording artist, and not because of pirates. It's because music was not originally meant to be recorded and sold.

Before mankind developed the ability to record and sell music, it was a pure form of expression for the purpose of communicating the deepest expressions of the soul, and anyone could do it. Before radios and TV's, people broke out in song as they went about their work day. Mothers and fathers freely sung lullaby's to their children. Bars would have a live music, and the whole crowd would sing. Families would get together and pick and grin on the porch. Music is a natural, innate part of everyone, and it's not worth the billions of dollars everyone thinks.

There are thousands upon thousands upon thousands of great artists out there that would heap shame upon the musicianship of just about anyone in the top 40. If anyone would take the time to explore their music, however, it would be an experience you would never forget. But since they aren't 18-25 and don't look good naked, they are deemed as nothing. The recording industry wants faces, attitudes and bodies that sell music, even if it takes Auto-Tune to do it. Producing good music is nowhere near as important.

I love music, hate the industry.