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RIP Prince, A Legendary Musician With A Complicated Internet History (networkworld.com) 196

alphadogg writes: Reflecting on the popular musician's uneasy relationship with the Internet and social media upon the 57-year-old surprising death. In 2010, Prince "famously shuttered his LotusFlow3r.com website," proclaiming that "The Internet is completely over... All these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you." In 2014, The Guardian ran a story titled "Prince quits the Internet," after the singer deleted his social media accounts. He filed a lawsuit against his fans, which was later dropped, for sharing bootlegged copies of his music online. He even banned fans from taking smartphone photos at his concerts in 2013. Prince did seem to open up to the Internet to some degree in the past couple years. Prince's HTNRUN album was posted on Jay Z's Tidal music site last year. In Silicon Valley, Prince is being remembered as a social innovator and a passionate advocate for Black youth," inspiring YesWeCode, Van Jones' initiative to teach 100,000 low-income kids to write code, and hackathons across the country to expose kids in underserved communities to computer science. Bob Brown from Networkworld writes, "News of Prince's death Thursday briefly crashed the TMZ news site. From there, fans flocked to the Internet and social media to mourn this music star who did his darnedest to stay off the grid." RIP Prince.
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RIP Prince, A Legendary Musician With A Complicated Internet History

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 21, 2016 @05:24PM (#51960205)

    Seriously, I could never get into the guy. He seemed completely full of himself, and I thought his music was overrated. Can't deny he was talented, though, and lots of people liked him.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 21, 2016 @06:21PM (#51960627)

      He died in poverty because of copyright infringers.

      • by Jawnn ( 445279 )

        He died in poverty because of copyright infringers.

        You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

  • by TigerPlish ( 174064 ) on Thursday April 21, 2016 @05:27PM (#51960233)
  • Chyna also died (Score:5, Insightful)

    by future assassin ( 639396 ) on Thursday April 21, 2016 @05:27PM (#51960241) Homepage
  • Cameras (Score:3, Funny)

    by amicusNYCL ( 1538833 ) on Thursday April 21, 2016 @05:27PM (#51960243)

    Sounds like I missed a great opportunity to troll Prince by showing up to one of his concerts carrying one of those tripod cameras with the curtain you pull over yourself while holding up a giant exploding bulb.

  • by rubycodez ( 864176 ) on Thursday April 21, 2016 @05:33PM (#51960289)

    The artist formerly known as the artist formerly known as Prince is now "formerly alive"?

    • The former artist formerly known as Prince but then later known as Prince.

    • by dbIII ( 701233 ) on Thursday April 21, 2016 @09:16PM (#51961583)
      It only just hit me today why he did the symbol thing and why it actually makes sense.
      It was a stupid trademark fight with his record company fucking him over every time he wanted to use his stage name and the symbol plus "formerly known" was his way of telling them to go fuck themselves.
      At the time it just seemed stupid. In hindsight after hearing more about the record industry it actually sounds like it was a good thing to do.
      • by DNS-and-BIND ( 461968 ) on Friday April 22, 2016 @02:44AM (#51962643) Homepage
        Prince was not his "stage name". Prince was his REAL NAME. His mother named him that and it was on his birth certificate. He went by that name his entire life. That's why it was such bullshit that his record company tried to claim copyright. It wasn't some silly made-up stage name like Madonna or Jon Stewart. It was his real name.
        • by vux984 ( 928602 )

          It wasn't some silly made-up stage name like Madonna or Jon Stewart. It was his real name.

          Prince --> Prince Rogers Nelson
          Madonna --> Madonna Louise Ciccone
          Jon Stewart --> Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz

          There's a bit of fiddling with Jon's name; but its hardly a "silly made up name"

      • Yes, you are correct! :-)

      • by phayes ( 202222 )

        He trademarked his "love symbol", refused to be addressed by anything else and thus forced the vampiric over controlling record label to pay him royalties for using it on his albums. The man was brilliant and in my opinion just as much if not more of a cultural influence (through his producing & songwriting) than Michael Jackson was.

        Never had the opportunity to see him live. Adding him to the list of lifelong regrets alongside Queen, the Eagles, Amy Winehouse and others

  • TMZ crash (Score:5, Funny)

    by ItsJustAPseudonym ( 1259172 ) on Thursday April 21, 2016 @05:35PM (#51960311)
    "News of Prince's death Thursday briefly crashed the TMZ news site."

    Every dark cloud has a silver lining.
  • by thinkwaitfast ( 4150389 ) on Thursday April 21, 2016 @05:37PM (#51960325)
    We could all die any day.

    Growing up in the 70's and 80's....

    • It's time for a new direction, It's time for jazz to die, Fourth day of November, We need a purple high

      Don't give up, I'll still love you

      What ya lookin' at, punk?
      Look out all you hippies, you ain't as sharp as me
      It ain't about the trippin', but the sexuality, turn it up

      You can dance if you want to

      All the critics love you in New York
      All the critics love you in New York
      (Yes, we're certain of it, he's definitely masturbating)

      All the critics love you in New York
      Take a bath, hippies

      Read more: Prince - All The Cr
  • ... there is no hope of Slashdot ever handling the glyph [wikimedia.org] for TAFKAP.

  • Thanks, Prince, for helping to remind youth that being smart at math isn't cool.
  • Kevin Smith (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Major Blud ( 789630 ) on Thursday April 21, 2016 @06:58PM (#51960879) Homepage

    Check on Kevin Smith talking about his experience of working with Prince. Weird guy, but definitely left his mark.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com]

    • Re:Kevin Smith (Score:4, Interesting)

      by pz ( 113803 ) on Friday April 22, 2016 @05:01AM (#51963047) Journal

      At one point in that awesome commentary, Kevin Smith talks about Prince's habitual making of songs and full-on videos that are not released but "put in the vault," as Smith describes what Prince's assistant told him. While Smith makes light of that odd behavior, it makes sense as a long-term strategy to make hay while the sun shines as the colloquial saying goes, assuming Prince was saving these gems for later release as his talent and abilities faded, as an insurance policy to pay for his extravagant lifestyle in his later years.

      So, will we now see those compositions released? Did Prince leave instructions in his will?

  • by OutOnARock ( 935713 ) on Thursday April 21, 2016 @07:05PM (#51960917)
    James Brown and Jimi Hendrix all rolled into one

    Saw him live many times and it was always a kick ass show

    Compared to the shit today, he truly was a musical genius
  • now we'll never know.

  • Prince is in Rock 'n Roll Heaven, making pancakes [youtube.com] for Rick James.
  • The record industry needs to take some of the responsibility for and how they treat and exploit artists (including Prince and so many other artists) who almost ALL eventually turn to drugs to deal with the pressure.
    • Indeed. It's sadly ironic to see how the music industry pretends to be the defender of artists, when its history is filled with usurious contracts, duplicity and out and out theft of royalties.

  • As far as I know he is the only artist who turned down Weird Al multiple times on requests to make parodies.
  • by TarPitt ( 217247 ) on Thursday April 21, 2016 @10:20PM (#51961875)

    [latimes.com]http://www.latimes.com/enterta... [latimes.com]

    Quote:

    "After the Trayvon Martin verdict I was talking to Prince and he said, 'You know, every time people see a young black man wearing a hoodie, they think, he's a thug. But if they see a young white guy wearing a hoodie they think, oh that might be Mark Zuckerberg. That might be a dot-com billionaire.'"

    "I said, 'Well, yeah, Prince that's true but that's because of racism.' And he said, 'No, it's because we have not produced enough black Mark Zuckerbergs. That's on us. That's on us. To deal with what we're not doing to get our young people prepared to be a part of this new information economy.'"

    • by Ash-Fox ( 726320 ) on Friday April 22, 2016 @05:00AM (#51963043) Journal

      "After the Trayvon Martin verdict I was talking to Prince and he said, 'You know, every time people see a young black man wearing a hoodie, they think, he's a thug. But if they see a young white guy wearing a hoodie they think, oh that might be Mark Zuckerberg. That might be a dot-com billionaire.'"

      When I see people in hoodies, I think 'chav'. Doesn't matter what skin color.

  • Dude never even bothered to get his new "name" registered as a unicode symbol. Could have been the only musician with one :P
  • Just like the king in that ballad who killed his troubadour and was cursed for it by being forgotten since no singer would sing his praise and remind later generations of his deeds, fearing that he will suffer the same fate as the hapless one who the king's wife laid eyes on, Prince will probably suffer the same fate for disallowing video pages on the internet to use his music.

    Ask anyone younger than 25 who Prince is. Prince? Who, Prince William? Oh, Prince Albert. Yeah, I got one of those.

    But music? What's

    • by Ash-Fox ( 726320 )

      I'm 31 and all I really know about the guy is that he continued doing music after getting out of a label deal and pretty much the online stuff mentioned in the article. I have never heard his music; but maybe that's because most of my life I didn't watch TV (or own one) or listen to broadcast radio. A lot of people seem to remember him fondly on the Internet for reasons unknown to me.

  • I'll have to listen to talk radio for a week or two until they stop playing Prince songs constantly. Prince is OK, but if I hear "Purple Rain" one more time I'll lose it.

    • I tend to agree with you.

      I never really got the appeal of Prince's music. I certainly appreciate his talent and there are some real devotees, especially here in Minneapolis, but his music was never my cup of tea.

      Rest in peace sweet Prince.

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