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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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