Roger Daltrey of The Who claims that the internet is ruining our brains, society, and civilisation.

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The Who's Roger Daltrey says the internet is destroying our brains, society, and civilization

Perhaps he’s from the wrong generation.

While the internet is one of the most influential innovations in history, not everyone is a lover of the digital experience. Roger Daltrey, lead singer of the iconic rock band The Who, is one of them. He not only wants it “f**king collapses” but he also feels it is harming our minds and could bring civilisation to an end.

The singer made his internet-hating comments to the Coda Collection, which, somewhat ironically, is a video streaming service available on Amazon featuring music concerts, documentaries, and more from artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones, the latter of which Daltrey referred to as a “Mediocre Pub Band” during another section of the interview.

Daltrey covered a number of areas during his one-on-one, including how he felt The Who would fare if it were a new band launching in today’s digital age. The visibly unimpressed singer starts his reply by announcing himself as “the number one hater of the internet.”

“I loathe it. At the time it really started to come forward as this platform it’s become, I never ever thought any good would come of it and I really still don’t think any good’s come of it. I think if we’re not careful, it’s probably the end of our civilisation,” he explained.

“Yes, it’s very convenient. It’s destroying our planet in more ways than one. It’s destroying our brains in more ways than one. It’s destroying our society in more ways than one, so all in all, the sooner it f**king collapses, the better.”

The internet, like most things, has flaws. Tim Berners-Lee, the guy who invented the internet, advocated for a “Contract for the web” in 2019, hoping to prevent a “digital dystopia.” It includes a greater regard for users’ privacy as well as the development of technologies to aid humanity.

However, Daltrey has a point about the internet’s environmental impact, particularly when it comes to resource-intensive areas like crypto, NFTs, and data centres. He also brings up the long-debated topic of how much streaming services pay composers and artists for exploiting their work.  It’s estimated that Spotify pays artists as little as $0.0033 per stream, meaning they would need around 250 streams to earn a single dollar.

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“Songwriters can’t earn a living writing songs. Composers can’t earn a living composing music. That can’t go on. That’s got to stop. It’s the biggest fraud or robbery, whatever you want to call it, in history – what’s happened to the music business,” Daltrey said.


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