Peter Kafka

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The Real Victims of the Newspaper Collapse

The Onion is on to something here. There’s something about big stacks of newspapers that appeals to a certain kind of person–I used to work with one of them, and actually, come to think of it, I kind of was one of them–and the creative destruction the Web has wrought has no upside for those folks.

You can’t build a wall around your cubicle using Google News and Craigslist.


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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