Elton John hates the Internet

He may have a lot of fans on the Internet, but he's no fan of it.

Elton John wouldn't mind seeing the sun go down on the Internet.

He may have a lot of fans on the Internet, but he's no fan of it. The opinionated Rocket Man told the The Sun that the Internet, bloggers and technology in general are hurting people's creativity and that he would like to see the Net shut down.

"The Internet has stopped people from going out and being with each other, creating stuff," he told the British tabloid. "Instead they sit at home and make their own records, which is sometimes OK, but it doesn't bode well for long-term artistic vision."

The self-described technophobe, who says he doesn't even own a cell phone, said he hopes the "next movement in music will tear down the Internet."

"I do think it would be an incredible experiment to shut down the whole Internet for five years and see what sort of art is produced over that span," John told the newspaper. "Let's get out in the streets and march and protest instead of sitting at home and blogging."

John, who recently made his entire music catalog available for purchase on the Internet, also said that "there's too much technology available."

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