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The YouTube Earthquake–Video From Japan

There are plenty of places to learn about today’s earthquake in Japan, and its aftereffects. But do take a minute to stop by YouTube’s “CitizenTube” channel, where Google’s video site is collecting users’ homemade documents of the quake.

These clips won’t give you context or details. Just the visceral sense of what it’s like to be in the middle of this thing.

Meanwhile, if you want real-time news coverage of the quake but don’t want to leave YouTube, the site is happy to oblige. It is prominently advertising a link to its Al Jazeera English portal, where it is providing a live stream of the cable channel’s feed.


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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