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May 3, 2008

A Conversation About Google, Microsoft and Yahoo

The following video, created by Andrew Filippone Jr. and titled 'Charlie Rose' by Samuel Beckett, analyzes the hostility between the three companies and Microsoft's absurd strategy to buy Yahoo. "The erudite conversations and sober intellectualism have been replaced by an absurd world where illogic, inane dialogues, and open hostility rule. The one-on-one interview between Charlie [Rose] and his guest begins as usual but quickly goes awry, so much so that Charlie is warned that, somewhere, a man named Steve is not happy."

The "dialog" reminds me of the repetitive and nonsensical phrases from Eugene Ionesco's plays and it's much more interesting than all the news about Microsoft and Yahoo.



Here's the transcript for those who want to understand the text better:


CR1: Welcome to the broadcast. Tonight, a conversation about the future of technology and the internet and mobile devices and all that. We talk to Charlie Rose for the first time. Welcome. The future of technology... coming up.

What will the web do to content in terms of high cost, expensive, time-consuming content?

CR2: My perception is... but... you would know this much more than I do. OK, tell me four or five of those that we are to take a look at that are start-ups that have a brilliant idea.

CR1: Microsoft and Yahoo.

CR2: Microsoft... Yahoo.

CR1: Microsoft and Yahoo.

CR2: Microsoft... Yahoo.

CR1: Microsoft

CR2: Microsoft

CR1: Yahoo

CR2: Yahoo

CR1: Microsoft

CR2: Yahoo

CR1: Microsoft and Yahoo.

CR2: Microsoft... Yahoo.

CR1: Why wasn't Yahoo...?

CR2: Yahoo... Steve is not happy with the process so far.

CR1: Microsoft and Yahoo.

CR2: Don't do that! Google... Google... Google...

CR1: No, we're not gonna do that. I can never get Craig to talk to me about his economic model.

CR2: Google...

CR1: No

CR2: Google

CR1: No

CR2: Google

CR1: No, we're not gonna do that.

CR2: Google

CR1: Radiohead

CR2: Blogs

CR1: Google

CR2: Google... Google... Google...

CR1: Microsoft and Yahoo.

CR2: Google.

CR1: Microsoft and Yahoo.

CR2: Google.

CR1: Microsoft...

CR2: Google

CR1: Yahoo...

CR2: Google

CR1: Google... Yahoo...

CR2: Yahoo

CR1: We're making all this money and now the stock's price is going through the roof. And how can we use this advantage to enter new markets, to expand our market share, to beat the hell out of everybody?

CR2: Steve is not happy.

CR1: What's gonna happen?

Update: And the answer for "what's gonna happen" is... "Microsoft officially pulled its offer for Yahoo". "After careful consideration, we believe the economics demanded by Yahoo do not make sense for us, and it is in the best interests of Microsoft stockholders, employees and other stakeholders to withdraw our proposal," said a certain Steve Ballmer.

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