Kara Swisher

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Glumbert.com Not So Glum

Linda Stone, an ex-Microsoftie who has a curious bent and a fertile mind, pointed me toward this most excellent video called “Shift Happens” about the tech and media boom. Try hard to ignore the swelling “Braveheart”-type music and enjoy the impact of simple but effective text on a plain background (it looks like some really bad PowerPoint template), juxtaposing important information about our new information order.

It is astonishing to realize that the U.S. is 20th in the world in broadband penetration, lagging behind Luxembourg, and that if MySpace’s population were a country, it would be the 11th largest. One factoid that gave me real techie tingles was that the information in one week’s worth of New York Times is more than most people in the 18th century would come across in a lifetime (but that’s only during Fashion Week).

Glumbert is one of the many video services popping up that are not YouTube. And it is nice to see them, although one wonders what will become of all this video as these sites consolidate over time, when it becomes clear that advertising is not going to lift all these ships of spools.

Until then, enjoy “Shift Happens” and your more basic goofy-but-cool type of video seen here called: “Catching Sunglasses With Your Face.” Yes, that is it and it is a pretty neat trick, as you will see.


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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