For the love of Satan, put a shirt on you wrinkly old bastard. I just vomited up a liter of moonshine after seeing your damned pepperoni-nipples.
You live in New York City, Walt.
Don’t you tell me where I live, you bastard!
yea, the dressed walt is cooler…
I was hoping for a more technical analysis. I mean – paying AND having to watch ads? Hulu Plus doesn’t even carry all the shows that Hulu does (see the review on Engadget).
And blaming HULU for limitations that are simply manifestations of enormous distribution agreements that predate all of this technology is silly. Why do we have region-encoded DVD players? Are you going to blame each DVD-player manufacturing plant? As much as it is an independent entity, HULU would most likely LOVE to offer everything possible thing to everyone on the planet. They are -forbidden- to. By the same types of people who sue Girl Scouts for singing licensed material around a campfire and who have been fighting every technical innovation from consumer video-tape on.
If you want to criticize an American blind-spot, how about the fifty-year battle for Health Insurance Reform where we endured the argument that the US Government being involved in health-care would presage -Death-Camps-, but the Insurance Industry denying coverage to their customers and letting them die -preventable-deaths- as they -lay-in-hospital-beds- and doctors watched was the American thing to do.
A broader point could be made that the global culture of the internet highlights the disparities between the varied peoples of the planet. Why can’t the rest of the world use Hulu Plus? Why can’t Americans watch the BBC’s IT CROWD online?
Because people make money this way. To quote Douglas Adams: “This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.”
Now everything, everywhere for free is a fine idea, but at what cost? Can you make what we think of as prime-time television for the money you would recoup from Hulu ads? Good luck convincing professionals to bet their industry on it.
But to speak to your point – you are talking about the entertainment industry. This parody is of an AMERICAN pundit. It sort of undermines your argument when you tacitly acknowledge Americas dominance of the media in your branding.
Someone needs a drink or 6.
America, fuck yeah!
If iraq and Afghanistan prove anything its that we don’t care about the rest of the world.
Why would anyone pay to watch these crap TV shows anyway?
America isn’t the only one guilty of this – the BBC and channel 4 in the UK discriminate on location as well and have been doing so for longer than hulu has.
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