The Who Debates the Internet

it’s an age old debate: it the Internet the greatest thing since fire, or merely the best thing since call waiting. Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey take opposing stances in Alan Light’s NYT story on the Who’s new record.

Daltrey, perhaps taking the Nick Carr role:

“I don’t particularly like the world technology has created,” Mr. Daltrey said. “Has anything really gotten better with the computer, or are you just doing more and more of less and less? I’m incredibly paranoid about it, especially after what happened to Pete. I think the Internet is just an advertising device of very dubious returns… I have to look at it much more hard-nosed as a business and ask if I can put a million dollars into it, and the answer is no.”

Townshend, meanwhile, despite some negative experiences with the Internet, takes more of a Jeff Jarvis stance:

Mr. Townshend, always interested in new technology, announced that the concerts would be Webcast, only to retract those plans a few days later at Mr. Daltrey’s insistence. Eventually, the band made a deal with Sirius Satellite Radio to broadcast the shows as part of an all-Who channel that will continue throughout the tour…“Roger likes things that are finished, and with the Internet, everything is a work in progress. I try not to bludgeon him with this stuff, but I can’t help it; it’s my passion.”

(Of course, the question then becomes, what would Keith Moon say?)

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