Peter Kafka

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Apple’s New iPhone Ad Says Nothing, and It’s Great

Apple’s newest iPhone ad is one minute long. It has a single sentence of voiceover dialogue. It conveys no information about the iPhone 5’s capabilities.

I have no idea if it will help Tim Cook sell a single extra handset. But it is a wonderful piece of moviemaking.

No need to say anything else:


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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