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PC or TV? No Need to Keep Asking.

Another entry from the “convergence isn’t coming, it’s here” file: Americans have stopped viewing their televisions and their computers as equally valuable devices.

Now they rely on the PC over the TV.

Here are two more slides from Magid Advisors’ recent survey on TV and Web usage (we flagged a cord-cutting survey result yesterday).

The first shows that youngish folks overwhelmingly rely on their computers instead of plasmas for entertainment — and that, even when you factor in the rest of the American population, the PC comes close to displacing the TV:

magid pc v tv

And, if they’re relying on the PC for entertainment, then it stands to reason that they value that more than anything else, right?

Right! Note that this chart’s results include everyone from 8-year-olds to AARP members:

magid pc v tv 2

No need to spell out the implications for everyone from Apple to Netflix to Google to Comcast, right? Right.

(Image courtesy of Shutterstock/Stokkete)


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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