The End of Cable TV?

Close to 90 percent of U.S. households still subscribe to pay TV in one form or another but 2011 may be the year of "cord cutting" and the end of cable television.

Netflix transformed itself from a DVD rental service to an online streaming company in 2010, and it’s willing to spend big bucks to accelerate its online growth. Netflix will have to renegotiate its Starz deal next year, which could lead to it spending a lot more for Hollywood movies—but we will undoubtedly also see a number of major content deals, especially with media companies that haven’t been able to cash in on TV Everywhere or online VOD. The Saturday Night Live deal was groundbreaking, and I predict that we are gonna see at least one other major TV brand to come to Netflix next year, be it The Daily Show, Conan or something along those lines.

Hashtag politics: 4 key ways digital activism is inegalitarian

Many believe that the internet has made it easier for us to participate in political activism. But is that really true?

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  • Protesting in person is costly in terms of money and resources; some people have children to take care of, jobs that can't be away from, or may not have time to attend a planning event.
  • The internet was supposed to be a way to sidestep this barrier to political activism. But this doesn't consider the other barriers preventing poor and working-class folks from participating in digital activism.
  • In particular, these people lack ASETs: access to computers, the skills to use them, the empowerment necessary to feel that using Twitter or other social media is for them, and the time to make use of digital platforms in an effective way.
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The 5 most intelligent video games and why you should play them

Some games are just for fun, others are for thought provoking statements on life, the universe, and everything.

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  • Video games are often dismissed as fun distractions, but some of them dive into deep issues.
  • Through their interactive play elements, these games approach big issues intelligently and leave you both entertained and enlightened.
  • These five games are certainly not the only games that cover these topics or do so well, but are a great starting point for somebody who wants to play something thought provoking.
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The Danish shoot down Trump's plan to buy Greenland, call the idea 'absurd'

The bid to buy Greenland is unlikely to become seriously considered.

Politics & Current Affairs
  • Greenland and Danish officials alike think the idea is ridiculous.
  • The island is an autonomous state, and it's unlikely the Danish would sell it because of yearly subsidies costs.
  • After hearing the Danish Prime Minister call the idea absurd, Trump cancelled their forthcoming meeting.
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