Arik Hesseldahl

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Amid Super Bowl Blackout, It’s Back to You, No, Back to You on SNL

snl_back2youIt was pretty much a foregone conclusion that the Super Bowl blackout that played out on TV screens last Sunday would find its way into a “Saturday Night Live” sketch six days later. Last’s night’s outing opened with a sketch riffing on how the CBS broadcast team, forced to improvise for 34 minutes, began to run out of things to talk about.

While there was certainly a lot of squirming in the broadcast booth, there was plenty of chatter on social networks, even though technically speaking, most people gave the Web the night off.

Anyway, if you didn’t see it last night, here’s the sketch, courtesy Hulu.


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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