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The 13 Most Awesome Moments From Jonah Peretti’s Colbert Show Interview

Jonah Peretti has sat down for many interviews. But last night was the BuzzFeed CEO’s first with Stephen Colbert.

This is a pretty breezy six minutes, because, again, Peretti has done a lot of these. But it’s fun to hear him explain why he’s spending money on journalism, to argue that the listicle format dates back to the Ten Commandments, and to brush off the notion that it’s easy to copy what he’s done. (Are there 10 other cool things in the six-minute interview, as my headline suggests? Sure!)

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Do you have time to go deeper? Then check out this excellent interview Peretti did with Fortune magazine’s Andy Serwer in October, published this month.


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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