[Grant Morrison] (via solidair) (via morgenstern)
In three different classes in college, we discussed data analysis. And in each class, when being warned on the dangers of finding correlations in data and assuming they were causal, the following example was given (or some derivation of it):
It is a statistical fact that the incidence of shark attacks is directly related to ice cream sales.
Sure. The first time I heard it, I had to think for a second. Everybody does. Then there’s kind of an awkward laugh, and the discussion continues.
Except there’s always someone who doesn’t get it. In my last class, it was a middle aged lady who had a response for everything in the class, even the things she knew nothing about. A few minutes later, she announced “I still don’t get it. Did they do an autopsy? How did they know?”
Oh college. I won’t miss you.
Miller, whose last job was running AOL (parent of Daily Finance), prefaced his remark by noting that he won’t attend his first Hulu board meeting until Monday, so the scenario he foresees is merely his own speculation. But, he continued, “in my opinion the answer could be yes. I don’t see why over time that shouldn’t happen. I don’t think it’s on the agenda for Monday [but] it seems to me that over time that could be a logical thing.” —
Personally I think that this makes sense. In the Internet age, we revel in how many things we can get for free. Free music, free television, free movies, free news, free everything. But how long can this process really sustain itself? It’s already killing the newspapers, then online services like Hulu have the potential to put a serious damper on television ad revenue…my point is, when all these things reach a point where there is no money to be made, there are only two options: start charging money for your service, or cease to exist. Actors, directors, writers, producers…they don’t work for free.