Thursday, April 3, 2008

Canada on Strike

So I totally forgot to post about last night's (long-awaited, IMHO) skewering of the WGA strike. While there were countless hilarious elements in the episode, it never really came together as a whole for me the way classic episodes of South Park have (like "Best Friends Forever" and "Trapped in the Closet", of recent seasons). Still... hilarious.

Especially Butters' video, the South Park version of YouTube's greatest hits (and the dramatic chipmunk's crazy psionic powers)... but most of all, the lesson of the week (they've stopped doing this, but back in the old days, every episode ended with Stan or Kyle saying what they learned because of the episode's events):

Kyle: You know, I learned something today. We thought we could make money on the internet. But while the internet is new and exciting for creative people, it hasn't matured as a distribution mechanism to the extent that one should trade real and immediate opportunities for income for the promise of future online revenue. It will be a few years before digital distribution of media on the internet can be monetized to an extent that necessitates content producers to forego their fair value in more traditional media.
Stan: Yeah.


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