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April 27, 2009



Why would one gasp at something that was entirely foreseeable, and which one predicted?

People have looked at the business model, the electronic competition, the viewing preferences of younger people and talked about this since at least the mid to late 90s.

The mainstream press talked about how stupid people with clear vision were, and put on an elaborate and arrogant cloak of condescension toward their rising competition.

Given the behavior of pompous and overpaid journalists, what's not to love here?

If they didn't know this was coming - it is entirely because they refused to acknowledge it. They could have prepared and had an exit strategy.

Cry me a river, then build a bridge and get over it.

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