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Colbert Report, Huffington Post, Now Only Talking About Colbert Report, Huffington Post

If you liked yesterday’s dose of metamedia multimedia Web criticism from Stephen Colbert, then you’d probably like some more, right?

Here’s Colbert’s second night of jabs at the Huffington Post and its response to his first night of jabs. Things are now getting so self-referential and Escheresque that it threatens to “”rip a hole in the blog-time continuum, and we can all get sucked into some kind of bizarro parallel huffingverse, where bloggers are paid for their work.”

And, of course, the Huffington Post has responded. Twice!

There’s the obligatory repost of Colbert’s post talking about Huffpo’s first repost of…hoo, boy. You get it.

And, now, in response to “The Colbuffington Re-Post,” which is exactly what it sounds like, there’s “Huffbert Nation.” Which is exactly what it sounds like.

But seriously. We’re done with this. Right? At least until Monday night…


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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