Peter Kafka

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Ustream Turns the Cameras on Podcasting Star Adam Carolla

Lots of people listen to Adam Carolla for free over the Internet. And in a couple weeks, they can start paying to see him: The podcasting star will start selling access to a live video stream of his show via Ustream. He’ll charge $9.99 a month or $49.99 a year. Carolla, who used to make a lot of money as a TV and radio personality, is still trying to figure out how to turn Internet popularity into real dollars; this revenue stream will complement ones he’s got coming in from podcast sponsorships, live shows and a best-selling book.


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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