D’oh! is right. What century do you think this is?

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Seeing as how she and Warren have gotten into blogging lately, and grown more sophisticated in their use of social media and such, I was disappointed when I didn’t find an embedded video with the online version of Cindi’s column today.

After all, it started this way:

IN ONE OF MY favorite Saturday Night Live skits, a just-exonerated Bill Clinton walks to the podium in the Rose Garden for a news conference, gives a thumbs-up to his supporters, declares “I … am … bulletproof,” and walks away. After a moment, he turns, walks back to the podium and adds: “Next time, you best bring Kryptonite.”

Our legislators must feel the same way after Circuit Judge Casey Manning discovered that they have bulletproof armor that protects them from criminal prosecution….

You have to realize what a special thing it is for Cindi Scoppe to make a pop culture reference that way. She doesn’t do pop culture. She is the most all-work-and-no-play person I know, and her readers are the beneficiaries of that affliction. So I particularly appreciated this reference, and immediately went hunting for a video clip…bulletproof

which I could not find. At least, not right away. (I’d be happy for some of y’all to show me what I missed.)

Oh, I found one that may have been the right one. NBC had taken it down. And then added insult to injury by saying, “Don’t worry, though. We have plenty of other stuff to watch.” Like I’m here to be entertained. Like any other “stuff to watch” will compensate for the lack of the one clip I need, the one being quoted.

Join the 21st century, folks. Rather than hiding your content, leverage it by allowing other media — including blogs and even newspapers — to praise your creativity and urge other people (perhaps people who have the time and inclination to watch that “other stuff” you’re offering) to seek it out. You’ll be a winner in the long run.

Sheesh…

5 thoughts on “D’oh! is right. What century do you think this is?

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      But it doesn’t SAY that. It doesn’t say, “Pay up, and you can see your video.” That would sort of make sense.

      Instead, it links to a page that implies that it just isn’t available now, period:

      It’s our goal to provide as much content as possible and to keep it all on our service as long as possible. However, what videos we post and how long we’re able to keep them on Hulu depends on streaming clearances granted by our content partners. We work with them constantly to try to secure more, and they’ve been great about reaching into their vaults on our behalf.

      In some cases, videos may expire from Hulu. Streaming clearances can be limited by any number of legal or business agreements that differ from video to video. An episode or movie may expire due to myriad reasons, including music clearances, impending DVD sales and syndication deals, among others. As videos are the heart of our business, we’re always working to expand streaming clearances.

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      1. Kathryn Fenner

        Naw, they just embargo videos they want to make only available on pay services. Sure, giving you a “pay up” button would make a lot of sense. Revenue opportunity? Doug, here’s your killer app!

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