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A Thanksgiving Cranberry Massacre!

Sure, you feel a little guilty about offing that turkey today, but did you ever think about the agonizing death-by-Cuisinart of the cranberries?

jibjab

Once you watch the warped Thanksgiving video “Sendables”–a must-see showing below (click on through the blank screen and it will start playing)–from the online content creators over at JibJab Media, you’ll never look at that side dish the same again.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Venice, Calif.-based company, which vaunted to fame several years ago with its viral hit, “This Land,” recently launched its Sendables product.

It is aimed at the $85 million online greeting-card business dominated by American Greetings and also cheesy “social expression” products (think animated smiley faces) that actually garner substantial revenue.

Sendables offers a range of these higher quality eCards for sale from 50 cents to $3 for all sorts of occasions, along with videos too, many of which are really good examples of simple online content that works perfectly for the medium.

Gregg Spiridellis and his brother Evan started JibJab together in 1999 to try to break the online content code. Here’s a video interview I did recently during a visit I had with Gregg recently at their Los Angeles offices:


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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