Peter Kafka

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Your iPad Is Going to Look Pretty Ancient One Day, Too

If you are very old [cough], you can remember a time when VCRs were exotic machines that most people couldn’t afford to own. If you can’t recall ancient history, Buzzfeed, via AdFreak, has an awesome gallery of old VCR ads that give you all the context you need.

Here’s a prime example, via an unnamed magazine’s photo spread. The camera attached to that Betamax, by the way, clocked in at a featherweight five pounds.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald