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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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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus