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John Mellencamp Says Internet Just Like Dangerous Atomic Weapon He Also Doesn't Understand

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This is a little ditty about the Internet and two American kids growing up in the heartland who will now think John Mellencamp is a nut.

At a public seminar at the Grammy Museum yesterday, Johnny John Cougar Mellencamp said, "I think the Internet is the most dangerous thing invented since the atomic bomb. It's destroyed the music business. It's going to destroy the movie business."

The sage from Bloomington continued:

"Rock 'n' roll -- as important as we think it is, and as big as it was, and as much money as people made on it, and as proud as I am to say that I was part of it -- at the end of the day, they're gonna say: 'Yeah, there was this band called the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, and this guy named Bob Dylan...'

That's right, John. People WILL say, "There was this band called the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, and this guy named Bob Dylan."

And they'll be enjoying the music created by them on their iPods, bought from the iTunes Store, or any number of other online outlets where people purchase music--because there aren't any record stores left. So, looking at it through that lens, one could argue that the Internet is actually SAVING the music business. Just like LPs replaced 78s, cassettes replaced LPs, and CDs replaced cassettes, the MP3 is slowly replacing CDs. It's just another delivery system for the same music we all know and love.

Oh, Cougar Mellencamp also warned that
"some smart people, the China-Russians or something," may have already conquered America by hacking into the power grid and financial system.

Right. Guess it's time to panic.

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