Lauren Goode

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Proust Will Live On, Separate From IAC

Proust, a social-journaling service owned by IAC, was slated to shut down today, after just a six-month run. But Proust isn’t shutting down, after all: The service sent an email to users saying that it will remain active due to an outpouring of support from the Proust community. The service is now independent of IAC, and is being run by anonymous investors and entrepreneurs operating under Proust Interactive LLC.


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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