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Stevie Nicks: Technology has 'ruined our children'

Fleetwood Mac star believes technology is preventing children from doing simple things like playing. She does, however, own an iPod and is very worried about people stealing music.

Please, as you walk down the street today, as you eat something far too large for you at Burger King, and as you go home to those who claim to love you, consider whether any children you see seem ruined.

I ask this on behalf of Stevie Nicks, the singer from sometime band of the ages, Fleetwood Mac. Ms. Nicks has strong beliefs. And most of them seem to paint technology as a dastardly villain that has moved into every neighborhood, like a living voodoo doll, warping children's brains into its control.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Ms. Nicks laments people's failure to go their own way in the face of technological development.

"I believe that computers have taken over the world. I believe that they have in many ways ruined our children. I believe that kids used to love to go out and play," she said.

You might be tempted to wonder whether, if there's ruination of children out there, parents might hold a few percent of the responsibility, but no matter. Because the ruination needs to be detailed.

"I believe that social graces are gone because manners are gone because all people do is sit around and text. I think it's obnoxious," she added.

Could one possibly disagree? Even those whose lives revolve around creating more and more mesmerizingly gizmotic technology must occasionally come home only to have their children ignore them because they're texting, IM'ing, Facebooking or yakking on a cell phone to someone far more important.

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Yet the truth is there are teeny role models who haven't succumbed to technological incarceration.

Take the "High School Musical" matinee idol Zac Efron. He was quoted by the sublime e-newsletter Popbitch as declaring: "I don't have a Twitter, a MySpace or a Facebook or anything like that. I kind of value people not knowing where I am or what I'm doing."

So you see, there is hope.

However, Ms. Nicks, who apparently avoids e-mail, cell phones and computers, appears to have one technological weakness. She owns an iPod. Though she claims to prefer to listen to music on more traditional (but still, in their way, technological) machines. And she is very concerned that music is currently being stolen.

"Buy music, do not steal music. If you do, you won't have any new music later on," she said.

This was shortly after declaring: "In the old days ... they would help you to develop into the artist that they knew you were going to be. In the last 10 years, the record companies don't have the money to do that."

In the days when the record companies were benevolent institutions, artists were being lovingly developed and children were not being ruined.

Does that sound like the 1970s to you?

By the way, Fleetwood Mac is on tour this year. You can buy tickets online. Just don't tell the kids.