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Is Thom Yorke An Old Guy Or A Luddite?

The Luddite

In the series, this is not real news but this is also a slow-news day (Thanksgiving), there was a semi feud on Twitter between Thom Yorke and Moby. Now imagine a real fight between these two? They probably have about the same size and weight so it could go on forever! But it’s ridiculous, none of them is the fighting type, they re both civil and courteous guys and so this is a waste of time on a slow-news day.

Anyway, Moby was asked about Spotify and he happens to love the thing!  He ended up his love declaration to the streaming machine with an attack on Thom:

‘I love Thom Yorke, but when I heard him complaining about Spotify, I’m like, ‘You’re just like an old guy yelling at fast trains.’ I love anything that enables people to have more music in their lives.’

Ouch! Thom is old? No way! But the old guy tweeted in response ‘I am a 45 yr old Luddite and proud of it.. yawn’

For anyone who may wonder, The Luddites were ‘19th-century English textile artisans who protested against newly developed labor-saving machinery from 1811 to 1817,’ but in modern language, it ‘is a term describing those opposed to, or slow to adopt or incorporate into their lifestyle, industrialization, automation, computerization, or new technologies in general’.

So let’s be clear, Thom Yorke is not against new technology, he is just against low-paying big bosses! His imagery works, I am not sure about Moby’s… How is Spotify a fast train?

Of course they had their make-up exchange on Twitter:

Moby: there’s no feud between ‪@thomyorke and i, at least not on my side. how could i feud with a genius who’s made some of my favorite records?

Thom: @thelittleidiot likewise ain’t no feud on my side either. except maybe about fast trains !! these peeps have nothing else to write about!?

Except that Thom still want to make a point. Honestly, what surprised me the most in this story, was to discover than Moby has about three times more followers than Thon Yorke on Twitter! 

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