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"Saturday Night Live" Knows Your Mom's on Facebook. So Does The Onion!

“Saturday Night Live” just ran one of the cleverer bits it has put out in a long time: An ad for a mythical product that helps Facebook users cope when their mothers sign on.

Good stuff. And it’s a guarantee that Facebookers are going to share this thing, over and over, on the service itself.

We can’t show you the sketch (starring the awesome Jane Lynch) until Sunday morning, when NBC puts SNL up online. (UPDATE: Here you go.) Until then, here’s the forerunner to the bit: The Onion’s take on the same topic, from 2009:


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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