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Let me explain this to you without trying to be a pompous american ass. There is way too much business related usage for this to happen. A lot of which comes from american companies, or companies with major hubs in New York-aka not american companies but they realize NYSE rules all and therefore have huge amounts invested in america and the internet as a whole. If shit does indeed hit the fan, you better fucking believe everyone will bail. There is no reason that a substitute will not appear, and the internets will become the typewriter.
And the reason people won't say "ha ha fuck you! I can pay the fee and now watch all the ski edits I want" is because (1) a lot of people wouldn't pay a bunch to watch ski edits (ya, no shit kind of argument), (2) business/what I assume you are talking about has other ways of accessing information and (3) people won't put up with it, plain and simple. It might work in other countries, but I really don't see the typical consumer pissing away dollars on the internet typing meaningless posts like this to enrage others (say what?). Everyone can afford to read a book, but the information is made easier to access for 'free' on the internet. Who says people won't learn how to read again? The only meaningful thing the internet provides is second to second information, and shit already published in books/journals.
hm... really? because that's the same thing i hear about kids who have to rely on the internet to meet people...