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  1. Damn says:

    Yes it sucks to be typewriter repair.

  2. George H says:

    Imagine working in an industry with a lifespan of 10 years. Who thought the DVD would only last a little more than a decade. The CD made it 25 years. Evolve or die.

  3. Ken Michael says:

    I agree re the bloodbath coming, but not re the forecast future scenario – it’s possible that TV companies might dominate, but in my experience with them, which has mostly been in the UK, they are very ‘legacy’ business models as much under threat as other past and present legacy businesses / sectors. UK’s BT (used to be British Telecom) has launched an audacious challenge to Sky and is already eating into Sky’s subscriber base as well as threatening ITV (UK’s major terrestrial soup-to-nuts TV company). Yet my extensive experience with Telcos here and around the world tells me they’re still legacy models, albeit somewhat trimmed down legacy models. I would thing it’s more likely that one of the ‘new’ rich techs such as Apple, Google could dominate, although it’s a ripe target area for a private equity ‘buy and build’ strat.

  4. Rigid says:

    As long as there is an ‘off’ switch on your TV, there is hope.

  5. Steven Threndyle (@threndyleski) says:

    Here in Canada, the federal government – and one with “Republican style” leanings – is seriously going after the cable companies. The mandate? To provide the public with an entirely ‘programming on demand’ model. Pfffft go the private broadcasters and the “57 channels with nothing on.” They are also deregulating wireless/broadband to allow foreign competition for bandwidth. It could get really, really ugly. The fact of the matter is that the middle class STILL doesn’t have any dough, nor do they have job security. Outsourcing and technological disruption rumble over the landscape. Baby boomers hang on to their jobs, digging in their fingernails until their 85. Wait until the coming food riots begin.

  6. Brent Berger says:

    Oh wait… is Print finally dead for real?

    1. Thomas Reed says:

      You haven’t noticed? It’s one of the most unsung, ignored facts, especially by intellectual sites like this one. First, you start with the fact that only ten percent of the American population knows how to read. Not “wants to read” or “cares about reading.” They simply can’t read. Thank the last few generations of American teachers who simply don’t give a damn about teaching.
      And if people aren’t reading, magazines shrink and disappear, and newspapers are sad jokes, there is no income in publishing. What little money is made from advertising (no longer local since Walmart has put small stores everywhere out of business) has to go to keep the presses operating and the internet servers running.
      Therefore, writers are no longer paid. You weren’t paid to write your comment. I wasn’t for mine. Ms. Kennedy wasn’t paid to write the column. Writing is no longer a paid profession; as soon as King and Rowling die, no writers will ever be paid, anywhere, anything, for any writing they do.
      Why do you think web sites like this have pictures? It’s for the vast number of Americans that are illiterate.

  7. John Elliott says:

    I remember seeing the start of this in 2008. At the time i was working for a company doing video editing. One day we had 30 pending projects the next we had 2. That was the economy hitting then the genius that own the companies decided to use college kids to do the editing since Final Cut Pro was used so often. sadly they found out that was a mistake so Apple made Final Cut Pro X basically a idiot proof version. Still did not help. Moral of the story is the guys at the top are clueless all they care about is the size of their wallet. A thinning of the herd is needed very badly guys like Ari Emanuel who is the guy that Entourage based the Ari Gold character off need to get chopped. All of the consolidating and thinning of the worker bees is killing the industry.

  8. Mike says:

    Wouldnt bother me if they all went out of business.

  9. LT says:

    “Why TV gets ownership over Internet content production is baffling to me. But they do.”

    Actual payment to content creators is still greater in TV than the internet where nobody wants to pay content creators. Simple.

  10. Vickie says:

    Jill, buying Internet content site means tapping into great content just with one-time payment. As LT (above) rightly commented, content over the Net is free.

    Take my blog for example: http://vickie1.wordpress.com/

    it has great content, but I seem to be unable to attract an investor. Am actually thinking of installing “donation box”.

    So TV moguls instead of paying screen writers, can simply and cheaply delve into the open to all and free international pool of creativity and talent. Would’n't you like to get Manolos for free (or flea market price)?

    1. observations on dark recesses of the web says:

      >it has great content, but I seem to be unable to attract an investor

      I’m sorry, but it does not have great content.

      1. Thomas Reed says:

        It doesn’t matter if she writes like J.K. Rowling or like Sarah Palin. There is nobody investing, because nobody has money to invest. Walmart has put the entrepreneurs out of business; they’ve been absorbed into the stockboy and greeter posts at your local WallyWorld. If they don’t invest, and if only ten percent of the American people know how to read, what makes you think anybody will pay writers of blogs or anything?
        Face it, people. Literacy is a dying ember. America is STOOPID and will stay STOOPID because the One Percent wants us STOOPID. Enjoy each other’s writing, because when we die, nobody here will read any more.

  11. Vickie says:

    Jill, buying Internet content site means tapping into great content just with one-time payment. As LT (above) rightly commented, content over the Net is free.

    Take my blog for example: http://vickie1.wordpress.com/

    it has great content, but I seem to be unable to attract an investor. Am actually thinking of installing “donation box”.

    So TV moguls instead of paying screen writers and footing costly productions, can simply and cheaply delve into the open to all and free international pool of creativity and talent. Would’n't you like to get Manolos for free (or flea market price)?

  12. zuzu says:

    But you fail to mention that these companies are also the internet providers, so dumping my cable tv service for watching internet content ISN’T the answer, as they will soon charge by the amount of broadband I use. Additionally, cost for only internet service is only $15-20 less than bundled service, because they don’t want you to dump cable. When the government agreed to ditch analog, they joined cable providers in taking away free access to television for people, a play for government control of tv when the time comes. One national cable company is on the origin, so the government regulates the cost, giving us “better service, better choices, than we have now, but if you like your cable company you can keep your cable company.”

  13. Paul B. says:

    The best scenes are these from the films you mentioned.

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