Watch This. Again.
MEMBERS ONLY: Maybe U2's a dinosaur, maybe they're not. But the "cultural knowledge" that would've allowed something like a free U2 album to go over like gangbusters? That's definitely dead and buried.
Even if you don't much like Songs of Innocence, there's at least one good thing that can come out of all this: the chance it gives us to laugh at largely illiterate kids who are just losing their fucking minds because they have no idea who U2 even is and certainly don't want them anywhere near their iPhones.
There a couple of things in this world that make me tear up every time I see them, hear them, and so on. One is the Miracle on Ice. Another is the crescendo of Nessun Dorma. And then there's this: U2's breathtaking performance at the Super Bowl halftime show just four months after the attacks of 9/11.