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Power Outage + MacBook = Last Night’s Jimmy Kimmel Show

So maybe this is what convergence looks like: An entire episode of Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show filmed entirely with an Apple (AAPL) laptop’s Webcam.

The conceit: Kimmel’s ABC show lost power on Monday, so he used a MacBook to shoot the show, which aired last night.

Put-on/gimmick? Assume so (What powered the MacBook? And the lights? Etc). But the press, including the New York Times, is reporting it as fact, so judge for yourself. And either way, it’s fairly entertaining. Some samples:


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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