Peter Kafka

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Discovery Ups Oprah Money, Gets More Oprah in Return

Discovery Communications, which is spending a lot of money to launch a new cable network with Oprah Winfrey, says it will be spending even more: Via an SEC filing, the cable guys say they will increase their funding commitment from $100 million to $189 million. In return, Oprah promises to be more visible on the network. Which makes sense, since that’s the reason people will want to watch something called “Oprah Winfrey Network.”


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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