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Cable Guys Try Fighting Cord-Cutting With … A Clumsy Web Video

The TV Industrial Complex is really hard to budge. It’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

On the other hand, even the TV Industrial Complex is now aware that lots of people would like to move it.

Hence this ham-handed campaign from an industry trade group trying to convince people — presumably young cord-cutters and cord-nevers — that their life is incomplete without a pay TV subscription (thanks to Nick Summers for flagging).

You can get a sense of it here:

And if you want to see the entire thing, which has a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-Meets-Wes-Anderson-Meets-Tim-and-Eric vibe, you can head to HoleSaga.com. But only if you have a robust PC, a good broadband connection and a bunch of time. This is a slooooow site. Good thing all those cord-cutters and cord-nevers have tons of patience for that kind of thing.


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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