Peter Kafka

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Rupert Murdoch Gives Jon Stewart Seven Minutes of Material (Video)

Tough times these days at News Corp. (which, as we always need to point out, owns this Web site). Still, an upside: The phonegate scandal provides Jon Stewart with a big, fat, juicy target.

And what’s particularly great/terrible about this clip from last night’s “The Daily Show” is that Stewart and correspondent John Oliver don’t need to do much more than simply recite the main points of the PhoneGate scandal to date. The facts are awful/funny enough on their own.


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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