Peter Kafka

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New York Times Game Lets You Blow Up the New York Times

Now this is how you promote a long, thinky story on the Web: Tack a free, super easy shoot-’em-up game at the top. The story is a new piece in the New York Times magazine, about the rise of casual games like Angry Birds. The game lets you destroy, Asteroids-style, most of the Web page surrounding it, including the ads. Poynter’s Steve Myers has more.


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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