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Happy Holidays From YouTube, NBC and MediaMemo

Yet more evidence that the line dividing the so-called “mainstream media” and the blog world is blurring beyond recognition: Here’s NBC’s “Today” show aping one of blogdom’s tried-and-true conventions–running a popular YouTube clip, then talking about it (apologies for the crummy embed: blame Iframe and user error).


Can you blame them? That lion is pretty cool. And, it turns out, MSNBC.com viewers like watching that story almost as much as YouTube viewers do: NBC’s site has generated 2.4 million views by talking about the clip, while the original YouTube clip has generated 3.2 million views, says Beet.TV. Happy holidays!


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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