Kara Swisher

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Why Web TV Is the Future, Part 5,376,364

See this umpteenth example of why the Internet creates the perfect medium for the quick broadcast of breaking news. In this video of the burning of a major highway overpass right at the foot of the Bay Bridge near San Francisco this weekend, you might not like all the omigod blabbing in the background. But it’s about what most people would be saying and just what the audience wants to see. Sure it was on television too, but its immediacy here is compelling.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work