Am I the only one who finds this hilarious?
If you're the only shmuck on this forum that doesn't know gravity is a theory, yes you are. Since there are plenty of utter morons on this planet that share such an education, you're probably not. There are problems in the theory of gravity that we've as yet been unable to surmount. It may be wrong entirely. When they figure out why their numbers keep coming up wrong on slingshot mechanics and why the pioneer space craft aren't moving fast enough, we'll have a better idea.
I am a Republican conservative, but I see the limitations of the free market. Complete unfettered free market capitalism leads to Time Warner's current atrocity, similar to how the various tycoons of past lore worked children to death for pennies a day in payment. Some Government intrusion to lay the smack down on greedy companies is necessary, the key is a happy balance. Lately, government has been a little too intrusive for my liking, but Time Warner ought to be put in their place.
It's nice that you use the word lore. That's about all it is. Child labor atrocities are a work of fiction. Children have worked since the dawn of time. When a kid was working with his family on the family farm or in the family store, no one gave a shit. They still don't. The only thing that changed was the rise of industry. When they were doing things like beating children, or practicing forced labor, they were doing criminal acts. Crime is crime.
I have yet to see an actual instance of Government laying the smackdown on a greedy company for anything that wasn't criminal in the first place. I have seen them put people out of work and into homeless shelters so they weren't paid an "unfair" wage, destroy the best companies around because they were too good and took out all their competition, and, most commonly, reverse their own actions and turn on the monopolies they themselves created when it was no longer politically expedient to support them. Naturally it's always an evil corporation that's the target.
Time-Warner is a dying company. They're losing money on the cable networks, lots and lots of money. Jacking the price up is a last ditch effort to survive. Satellite is wiping out their customer base for television, and Fios and wireless are butchering an already crumbling infrastructure that's ten years too old. If they really are reaming their customers, competition will come in to make money off the circumstances and wipe them out for good. If they aren't, you're paying a reasonable price for the service and you get to either accept it or drop it.