Lauren Goode

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Congrats, Will and Kate! Now Give Us Back the Internet.

Feel like Royal Baby media coverage is 10 times worse than your friends’ incessant baby-picture-posting on Facebook, or has simply usurped more pressing issues, such as, perhaps, the economy? The Guardian has heard you: The British newspaper’s website has added a button to the upper-right-hand corner of its homepage to help you filter out the coverage of the wee royal. (It’s a boy, btw.) Feeling “Royalist”? Kate Middleton’s cherubic face will fill your homepage. More “Republican”? It’s back to soccer, golf and Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Smashing!


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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