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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, 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