Peter Kafka

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Netflix Streams First Hour of “House of Cards” for Free

Here’s one of the gambits Netflix is using to promote “House of Cards,” its first big venture into original programming: The video service has put up the first hour of the Kevin Spacey miniseries for free. If you want to watch the other 12 episodes, you’ll need to sign up.


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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