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$1.6 Billion, and worth every penny!

Posted at 7:38 PM on October 9, 2006 by John Birge
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Hearing that YouTube sold for so much money was breathtaking, but worth it for this clip alone!

To paraphrase the credit card commercial: "Video website? $1.6 billion dollars. Finding on that same site a vintage BBC TV clip of a young Dudley Moore singlehandedly lampooning a Peter Pears/Benjamin Britten song recital in the fondest possible way? Priceless."

Perhaps it's a measure of how far we've slipped as a culture that once upon a time, you could put something like this on television, knowing that people would have a reference point for the parody, and thus actually get the joke! (or did they? The studio audience certainly seems to, but I wonder how it played with the mass audience viewing at home). Anyway, them's were the days....