Peter Kafka

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Facebook Sorry It Unfriended Sarah Palin's Mosque Post

On Tuesday, Sarah Palin posted a note on Facebook opposing plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero. On Thursday, the post disappeared. That shouldn’t have happened, say Facebook officials, who issued an apology and oblique explanation: “The note in question did not violate our content standards but was removed by an automated system. We’re always working to improve our processes and we apologize for any inconvenience this caused.” It’s back up now.

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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