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Jon Stewart Plays Chatroulette, And We All Win

We’ve done a pretty good job of avoiding Chatroulette talk here. But this is worth breaking our unofficial ban: Jon Stewart’s take on the voyeur site–and, of course, the media’s obsession with it.

(This, by the way, is a good time to point out that the media love stories like Chatroulette, because they require nothing more than visiting a Web site. Bear this in mind when you see the next story about Twitter, Facebook, or whatever.)

Warning: Stewart’s clip, like Chatroulette, may not be safe for work, depending on the kind of place you work. But given that media grandees like Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric found it fit to participate, you should probably be okay. And you should definitely watch it, somewhere.

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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